The March of Silence will be held on May 20 in Montevideo and other cities in Uruguay.
CSP-Conlutas Media Workgroup
May 19, 2019
This March is called by human rights organizations every year since 1996 to demand truth and justice for all the killed and disappeared during the military dictatorship (1973-1985).
The crimes of the dictatorship are still bleeding from the open veins of Uruguayan society.
Little has been done either to find truth or to punish torturers and murderers.
The dictatorship and the main political parties – “Colorado”, “Frente Amplio” and “Unión Cívica” made an agreement on August 3, 1984 called “Naval Club Pact” which preserved military power over Armed Forces and over any investigations on the crimes of the dictatorship.
Facing a Military “honor” tribunal, Jose Gavazzo, a notorious torturer, confessed in 2018 to have thrown the corpse of the Tupamaro guerrilla fighter Roberto Gomensoro to the “Negro” river to make it disappear in 1973.
His confession was neither taken to tribunals nor publicized.
Only on March 30, 2019 the newspaper “El Observador” published the reports from the military tribunal.
Then, president Tabaré Vasquez (member of Frente Amplio) dismissed the Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Commander and moved to retirement four generals who were members of the military tribunal.
Despite of these moves, nothing changed.
The new Commander, Claudio Feola, declared that he is not aware whether the dictatorship murdered anyone or not!
It is clear that without people’s pressure, impunity will prevail.
CSP-Conlutas stands in solidarity with Uruguayan working people in their struggle for truth and justice.