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Part I
The Repression

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


Miguel de Azcuénaga Arsenal Company (PAC)


On National Highway No. 9, Tucumán. The premises are approximately 800 metres down an unmade road which runs parallel to the main road. Heading north from the city of San Miguel de Tucumán, one entered through the main gate of the Arsenal Company, but the main site was behind a second entrance, at which there was a Gendarmería guard.


The main camp building was approximately 55 metres long. It was surrounded by a barbed wire fence 2.5 metres high and, parallel to this, about 5 metres away, another barbed wire fence of the same height. Guards with dogs patrolled between the two. There was a wooden control tower in one corner of the enclosure for surveillance of the whole detention centre. In each corner of the site there was a wooden prefabricated building which comprised one room of 16 square metres. These were used as torture rooms, they contained a bed-frame, to which the prisoners were tied, a table and two or three chairs. There were two old ammunition stores in the centre of the enclosure, about 10 metres apart. They were built of masonry and their internal surfaces - walls, ceilings, floors - were covered with pitch. Each was approximately 20 metres long by 5 metres wide and 3 metres high. The stores had narrow compartments 1.20 metres high by 1.50 metres deep and 1 metre wide. The store on the north side had wooden partitions; the other, where the prisoners were held, had masonry partitions. It also contained two bathrooms, a kitchen and another room.




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