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BackgroundEdit

General Stroessner, governed Paraguay with an iron fist from 1954 to 1989. Dissidents, liberals, trades union and lefty Latin Americans were his sworn political enemy. His regime killed, exiled, repressed, 'disappeared', jailed and tortured thousands. 

Contraband, drug trafficking, political clientelism, corruption and the regimes theft of billion dollars.

The event and locations involvedEdit

U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower Sent Colonel Robert Thierry to ‘la Técnica’ to teach them American torture techniques.

The climax was after rise of Gen. Pinochet in Chile, who came to power in Chile between 1972 and 1990. He organised the repressive regional Operation Condor plot.

La Técnica was upgraded from a blood stained hovel in to a proper torture center by the USA in the early 1980s.

The “archives of terror” that officially revealed the events were uncovered in a police station in the Lambaré suburb of Asunción.

The locations were-

  1. El Monasterio on the border with Bolivia.
  2. La Técnica, Asunción. It was by far the biggest and cruelest.
  3. Police stations.
  4. Military bases.
  5. Many small, random ad-hock units.

LegacyEdit

Paraguay's ‘Museum of Memory, the Dictatorship and Democracy’ is in the place where the intelligence body Dirección Nacional de Asuntos Técnicos, (AKA- ‘la Técnica’), ran a covertly major torture centre in a Asunción suburb between 1956 and 1989.

Operation Condor claimed the lives of nearly 100,000 people in the region.

10,000s of dissidents, liberals, trades union and lefty Latin Americans who were kidnapped, tortured and killed by the security forces of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

The forced disappearance of 900, the torture of 1,000, and the exile of nearly 1,000,000 people.

Also seeEdit

  1. Paraguay
  2. The Cold War
  3. South America
  4. Dujail Massacre
  5. A political diorama
  6. Halabja chemical attack
  7. Saddam's Torture Palace
  8. Cambodia's Killing Fields
  9. Dozier Florida School for Boys
  10. Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation

SourcesEdit

  1. http://motherearthtravel.com/history/paraguay/history-7.htm
  2. http://www.ipsnews.net/2006/08/paraguay-stroessners-death-closes-dark-chapter-of-history/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_Stroessner
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archives_of_Terror
  5. http://paraguayinformationinfrastructure.weebly.com/archives-of-terror.html
  6. http://nationalgeographic.org/thisday/dec22/archives-terror-discovered/
  7. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/1866517.stm
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archives_of_Terror
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