Friday, January 24, 2014
25th anniversary of La Tablada’s attack
A group of former members of the armed forces yesterday gathered outside the Infantry Regiment located in La Tablada, Buenos Aires provinceto to commemorate a violent pushback against leftist militants on its 25th anniversary. On January 23, 1989, a group of 46 activists of the Movimiento Todos por la Patria (MTP) intended to take over the regiment. The activists headed by a former People’s Revolutionary Army (ERP, in Spanish) leader Enrique Gorriarán Merlo said that they led that attack to prevent a coup that was being planned against then-president Raúl Alfonsín. Some others explained that, in fact, they were dreaming of creating a headquarters for revolutionary action. The attack was pushed back by the Army, which lost five of its men whereas 27 militants were killed and six others were forcibly disappeared. The activists who survived were tortured and then judged using the “defence of democracy” law, which prevented them from appealing their conviction.