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Part I
The Repression

Nunca Más (Never Again) - Report of Conadep  - 1984


'Walling up'

In every abduction, the victim was prevented from seeing. In the language of the repressive forces, the expression 'walling up' was used for the blindfolding. This was usually done at the place where the person was kidnapped, The captors either brought their own blindfold or used the victim's own clothes - shirts, pullovers, jackets, etc., or sheets, towels and so on. 

Marcelo Daniel Vilchez (file No. 7001):

I was working in Pavón Ltd., in Rosario, Santa Fe province, when my boss, Miguel Pavón, called me into his office. I went in and found two men in plain-clothes who identified themselves as policemen. They grabbed hold of me and took me out of the office, where a third man was waiting. They threatened to kill me and pushed me into a Renault 12 estate car. Inside the car they forced my head down and covered it with a pullover. They took me to the police station where, shouting and hitting me, they removed the pullover and put a blindfold over my eyes...

When the victims entered the secret detention centres, the decisive stage of their disappearance was reached.



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