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Thursday, January 8, 1998 Published at 09:51 GMT



World: Americas

Argentina to demolish former torture centre
image: [ The Argentine Navy mechanical school ]
The Argentine Navy mechanical school

The Argentine President, Carlos Menem, has ordered the destruction of a building in Buenos Aires used as a torture centre by the former military regime.

Mr Menem said the site would be turned into a park, which, he said, would be a monument to national unity.

The Argentine navy's mechanical school gained notoriety during the years of military rule in the 1970s and 1980s as a place where suspected opponents of the military were tortured and killed.


[ image: The building was feared by many]
The building was feared by many
Relatives of some of the victims have already attacked the plan to pull down the building, saying it should be turned into a museum testifying to the savagery of the military.

At least 10,000 people disappeared during the so-called Dirty War, which ended with the return to democracy in 1983.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service






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