The authors of a massacre in 1994 against those supporting Basque exiles remain not just at large but with power to commit again any such massacre or worse. Hundreds demonstrated in Montevideo against such impunity, demanding justice and memory.
Roberto Facal and Fernando Morrone were the victims of a massacre executed by police in 1994 to break the resistance of some 4000 Uruguayans against the extradition of Basque exiles, who were in hunger strike at Hospital Filtro. At least 500 police officers took part in the attack, using nothing but live fire.
Not just demonstrators were killed or injured but also nurses like Esteban Massa who was shot in the back while he aided another victim.
The murderous repression continued mercilessly in union offices and through the neighboring streets. It was then when the two mortal victims were shot.
It was a bourgeois elected government which assumed all responsibility with no shame nor remorse. Minister of Interior Gianola was backed by the government in full, nobody resigned, nobody was ever prosecuted.
Every year in the anniversary of the massacre people march through Montevideo demanding justice and memory. The Frente Amplio ignores the issue and one of its leaders even said it was a massacre "to forget".
Forget? Never! Forgive? Never! The culprits must pay or something of the like will happen again.
Source: Borroka Garaia Da![es]