The Secretary of Human Rights of the Nation claimed this Thursday that the president of the Ledesma Group, Charles Blaquierand its director, Alberto Lemosbe brought to judgment for the role that firm had during “The Night of the Blackout”as the days of July 1976 are known, during the last civic-military dictatorship, in which hundreds of people were kidnapped in the towns of Libertador General San Martín, Calilegua and El Talar in Jujuy.
“The responsibility of the company and its owners has not yet been judged. The mothers and relatives of the victims of the blackouts marched tirelessly demanding justice,” said the organization that leads Horacio Pietragalla Corti through a video posted on his Twitter account.
Between July 20 and 27, 1976 The repressive forces caused power outages in the Jujuy towns of Calilegua, El Talar and Libertador General San Martín, where the Ledesma central factory is located.
“In the dark they began to search house by house for Ledesma workers, trade unionists, students Y political militants“, remarked the Secretary of Human Rights about a week in which “hundreds of people” were kidnapped, of which “around 30 are still missing”.
They commemorate 46 years of “The nights of the blackouts”, the series of kidnappings in the towns of Libertador General San Martín, El Talar and Calilegua de Jujuy that took place between July 20 and 27, 1976, within the framework of of electrical supply. pic.twitter.com/PrRVANJf2M
– Horacio Pietragalla Corti (@pietragallahora) July 20, 2022
The organization stressed that Ledesma had a “great power” in these localities and played a “central role in the illegal repression”, since it “provided company trucks” to “transfer” hundreds of detainees.
“Unlike the military and police officials who did begin to be tried for crimes against humanity in JujuyBlaquier and Lemos managed to avoid justice,” the Secretariat said.
After continuous mobilizations and claims from human rights and social organizations, the case for these crimes was reactivated in 2021. However, the health of Blaquier, 94, is already deteriorating.
“While the process against Lemos continues, Blaquier, who aged in freedom, could be removed from the case due to supervening disability,” the agency said.
46 years after these crimes, a new Blackout March was held this Thursday, in which human rights organizations mobilized along National Route 9 from Calilegua to the central square of General Libertador San Martín, where justice was requested and justice was carried out. an act to remember the victims.