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Part I
The Repression

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


Disappearance and death of Floreal Avellaneda - File N° 1639

At about 2 a.m. on 15 April 1976, the home of the Avellaneda family was raided. The disguised raiders were looking for Señor Avellaneda, and when they could not find him took his wife, Iris Etelvina Pereyra de Avellaneda, and her fourteen-year-old son, Floreal Edgardo, as hostages.

Blindfolded and hooded, they were taken to the Villa Martelli Police Station, where they were tortured with an electric prod while being interrogated about the whereabouts of Señor Avellaneda.

Some time later Señora Avellaneda was transferred to the Olmos Prison via the Military Institutes Headquarters, and nothing more was heard about the whereabouts of her son.

On 16 May 1976 the Argentinian newspaper Ultima Hora Published an article under the headline 'Corpses in Uruguay', saying that eight bodies had been found floating in Uruguayan waters.

According to this story, 'an official communiqué by the National Naval Prefecture' had reported that the last body had been olive-skinned with chestnut hair, 1.70 metres tall and with a distinctive tattoo of a heart with the initials 'F' and 'A',

In response to a petition to San Martín Federal Court No. 1, a request was made to Uruguay through diplomatic channels for information about the body with the tattoo. After a long bureaucratic delay the photographs and fingerprints arrived.

The photographs showed the child with his hands and feet tied and his neck broken, with signs of having suffered severe torture.




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