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Part I
The Repression

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


Secret detention centres 
within the jurisdiction of the 2nd Army Corps


In the middle of May 1977, a secret detention centre based on the 121st Communications Battalion opened in the town of Goya.

We were taken in a truck to El Hípico, which lies on the Avda. Sarmiento opposite the Communications Battalion.' (Coronel, file No. 5677.)

The majority of the prisoners there were farmers and members of the Corrientes Agrarian League. In nearly every instance the staff in charge of the prisoners carried out their functions without any disguise, which meant the prisoners were able to identify almost all of them. In addition to which, because it was a relatively small town, many of them knew one another.

Amongst those detained there was Pedro Crisoldo Murel kidnapped in Claypole, Buenos Aires province - and Abel Arce, both now disappeared, who were taken from this secret detention centre to Resistencia Town Hall.

The prisoners who were not removed to Resistencia passed through El Hípico ('Riding Club') to the 121st Battalion, whence their families were advised that they were detained at the disposition of the National Executive. This did not apply in the case of the priest Victor Arroyo of the Goya diocese, who was released directly from that detention centre after five days' incarceration.




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