Argentina: Fierce police repression at the end of the March Against the WTO with several random detentions

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Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / December 12, 2017

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At the end of the mobilization against the WTO (World Trade Organization) on Tuesday, hundreds of policemen and gendarmes repressed social and political organizations.

The march that was held without any setbacks registered a minimum of incidents before a police cordon of the city officers, which minutes later were part of an over the top deployment, as a part of the safety operation mounted by the national Government to receive officials and businessmen that arrived to participate in the Summit. Dozens of trucks, assault cars and tanks loaded with officials of Gendarmerie and the Federal Police drove in the wrong way on the one way Avenue Corrientes.

After the disproportionate operative, the City’s Police detained between 15 and 20 protesters, according to denouncements made by several organizations present in the march, and were held in the entrance of a parking lot on Corrientes Avenue. Among the detained people, two women suffered injuries.

Nearly 20 militants were detained for 30 minutes in a bookshop and a parking lot in Callao and Corrientes.

The Ministry of Security confirmed this morning that Natalia Pérez, Sebastián Centeno and Enrique Radagalli remain detained in the police station of the commune N°15.

Through protest, they managed to free almost every captured person, except for three detainees, Hernan Centeno, militant of Socialist Convergence and member of Suteba (teacher’s union), and Natalia Perez, member of the Gender Public Defenders, are teachers, and Enrique is a homeless person. As it was denounced by the lawyer Maria del Carmen Verduí, “their detention is the best evidence of the significance of the arrests”.

Last night, the police authorities assured that they were going to consult Judge Claudio Bonadio to see what disposition was to be adopted. But according to the lawyers of the protestors that consultation wasn’t made yet. The attorneys are waiting for the decision of the transfer to Comodoro Py for inquest, or if they are to be set free.

Verduí also denounced that: “During the night and dawn an unprecedented situation was lived; we had to threaten with a denunciation for non-compliance of the duties of public official against every policemen so that they stopped restraining us from entering the station. A matter that violates the Law 23.187, police can’t prevent an identified attorney from entering the precinct to know the situation of the imprisoned”.

Outside the station, a vigil is being carried on by organizations to demand the freedom of the detained.

Photo Credit: Resumen Latinoamericano
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