Saturday, 1 November 2008

Peru & Paraguay: Unearthing the Truth

IPS has two stories which caught my eye this morning.

In Peru, three more bodies have been exhumed at Accomarca, site of one of the notorious massacres of the 1980s.
The men were among the 69 people murdered in August 1985 in one of the army’s bloodiest operations against civilians during the 1980-2000 "dirty war" against the Maoist Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) guerrillas.

So far, 36 bodies have been recovered. In another mass grave discovered this year, the remains were so damaged and intermingled that it is still not known how many people were buried there.

The articles also comments that,
To dig up the remains of civilians is also to dig up the truth.

Three More Bodies Found at Accomarca

Meanwhile, in Paraguay, documents have been discovered which could shed further light on that nation's bloody dictatorship (1854-1989). A tip-off from a former military cadet led to the find in Asuncion.
The basement is dark, and there is water on the floor and mildew on the walls. By smashing a hole in the wall, the investigators found another lightless room where files containing the names and records of political prisoners were discovered in a pile of garbage.

According to Almada, winner of the 2002 Right Livelihood Award -- also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize -- Paraguayan, Argentine, Brazilian, Uruguayan and Chilean political prisoners were tortured in the basement, victims of Operation Condor, a coordinated plan among the military governments that ruled those countries in the 1970s and 1980s that was aimed at tracking down, capturing, torturing and eliminating left-wing opponents.

New 'Archives of Terror' Unearthed

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