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Uruguay remembers onset of dictatorship 48 years ago

Uruguay remembers onset of dictatorship 48 years ago

Montevideo, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The central labor union of Uruguay PIT-CNT evoked today, on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the onset of the civil-military dictatorship, the general strike of that time with the leading role of workers, students and other social organizations.
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In a commemorative statement, the federation highlighted the role of the once- National Workers Convention and the Students Federation ‘in the face of this new advance of State terrorism’ that lasted from 1973 to 1985.

The Inter-Union Plenary of Workers-National Workers’ Convention (PIT-CNT) recalled that the coup d’état brought about thousands of illegitimate jailings, tortures, murders, disappearances, sexual crimes, appropriation of minors, exile, and ‘the struggle for truth, justice, memory and comprehensive reparation ‘ 35 years after the first government of democratic restoration.

The PIT-CNT pointed out that it conceives the campaign to bring to referendum the Law of Urgent Consideration through the collection of signatures in the midst of a health emergency as ‘a new chapter of resistance to the installation of innovative forms of state authoritarianism’.

For the Association of former political prisoners Crysol, the dictatorial regime left a disastrous legacy for society, with an enormous impact on the national reality, in the judicial and political spheres, but also in the economic sphere.

The dictatorship left a tragic balance with almost 200 disappeared detainees, 200 murdered, thousands of political prisoners and exiles, but also the workers’ loss of 50 percent of the purchasing power of their salaries and an enormous mass of money that went to the powerful economic groups, he summarized.

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