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Uruguay pays tribute to Amelia Sanjurjo

Montevideo, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Amelia Sanjurjo, a detainee disappeared by the Uruguayan dictatorship (1973-1985), was buried on Thursday exactly one year after her corpse was found in a military barracks.

Uruguayans paid a popular tribute to the communist militant detained in November 1977, during her burial at the Paraninfo of the University of the Republic.

“On Thursday, Amelia returns to her home, to her family and to her people,” the association Mothers and Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared (FAMIDESA) expressed, which organized the homage.

Political and social leaders, representatives of the National Human Rights Institution and hundreds of people paid tribute to her, including the general secretary of the Communist Party of Uruguay, Senator Juan Castillo.

The communist leader declared that the struggle for justice and the truth about the whereabouts of those missing will continue.

Laura Boiani, member of FAMIDESA, read a speech on behalf of the organization.

“Today we can affirm that State terrorism arranged for her body to be buried in a cowardly, cruel and clandestine way, until the day we found her. The dictatorship was furious with her,” she said.

Ignacio Erradonea, also from the association, asserted that after the confirmation of Amelia Sanjurjo’s death “much remains to be done.”

She was buried on Thursday in the capital’s La Teja Cemetery, accompanied by her people.