The Provincial Commission for Memory (CPM) condemned the repression and torture suffered by people detained at the 3rd Police Station in Pergamino. With the disproportionate deployment of troops from the Departmental Support Group (GAD), Motorized Police, Departmental Investigation Directorate (DDI) and the police station itself, the people living in the cells of that unit received a brutal beating. The violence lasted almost all of August 29, and they suffered the destruction of their property, threats of sexual abuse and at least three of them, the passing of electricity. They were completely undressed and lying on the floor of the outdoor patio in very low temperatures. In its capacity as the Local Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture, the CPM presents itself as a private institutional victim case that investigates these very serious events, requests and directs urgent expertise to prove it, and accompanies the victims and their families in finding places to stay where their rights are respected.
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(Andar Agency) As a result of the conflict between the people located in the 3rd police station of Pergamino, a brutal and disproportionate repression of many policemen began: those from the department joined by the Departmental Support Group (GAD), Motorized Police and the Directorate . Department of Investigations (DDI).
Pergamino has been the scene of one of the worst human rights violations that occurred in democracy in a police station: on March 2, 2017, seven young people were detained in preventive detention for minor crimes were killed in the fire that occurred in the cells of the 1st police station in that city, the same one that operated as a secret detention center during the previous military dictatorship. On August 29, six and a half years after the massacre, the violence once again spread without limit through the mosque without resulting in the death of the victims.
The complaints from the relatives of the victims reached the Provincial Commission for Memory on the same day of the incident and the organization informed the Attorney General of Pergamino Mario Gómez of the incident, who intervened in Fiscal Unit No. Francisco Furnari. In addition, in its capacity as the Local Torture Prevention Mechanism, it sent an inspection team to the site. There, testimonies were taken in private and confidential interviews with prisoners, and stories were received about the torture of passing through electricity, among other serious acts of physical and psychological violence. The organization also documented the harsh conditions of detention of the people living there. On the other hand, the CPM teams had to interview the prisoners who were beaten the most in the prisons of Junin and San Nicolas, where they were quickly transferred by the police, some of them have not yet passed the corresponding examination.
According to what was revealed, after the conflict in the cells, about 30 or 40 officers with guns drawn violently took the prisoners to the hall of the unit where, through beatings and insults, they forced them to undress. and staying on the floor, suffering. cold, leaning on your elbows with your hands behind your neck for an hour. To get back to the cells, they made a line and went through a hallway where they were punched and kicked in the body. This transfer from the courtyard to the cells was repeated several times in the afternoon with different forms of torture: beatings on the ankles, ribs and feet, trampling with boots on the back. They also separated specific people from the group and tortured them using elements such as whips and passing electricity on their naked bodies.
The police also entered the cells where they destroyed things, threw away food and hygiene items, and even stole shoes. Victims also reported that during these searches they were “planted” by facas.
Detainees reported that after five hours of application of this type of torture, the presence and complaints of relatives and the Anti-repressive Collective 7 of Pergamino outside the police station, managed to stop the repression . When they locked them up again, they left them without mattresses, sheets or blankets, they cut off their water and electricity and gave them no food. That’s how they spent the night.
“The random and compelling stories of people deprived of liberty in the 3rd Police Station of Pergamino reveal an action that involves different units of the Police of the Province of Buenos Aires and that constitutes serious violations of human rights, crimes of public action. more serious than those attributed to the detained persons,” said the CPM, which presented itself as an individual institutional victim in the case, a request accepted by the guarantee judge Fernando Aiel Ayestaran.
From the organization they are intervening with the Ministry of Security, Internal Affairs Audit, the Undersecretary of Human Rights, Penitentiary Policies and Institutional Violence of the MPBA and the Enforcement Ombudsman of the judicial department of Pergamino to take appropriate measures. In this sense, they requested, among other measures, that summary investigations be carried out, the intervention of the police station and that the personnel involved will not be affected.
TORTURE OF DETAINEES IN THE 3RD POLITICAL STATION OF PERGAMINO Buenos Aires Police: electric prods, batons, clubs and naked outside with low temperature”>