Ministry of Defense enabled visit schedule for the "People's Jail"

Ministry of Defense enabled visit schedule for the “People’s Jail”


In the basement of the family home located at 1190 Juan Paullier Street, the so-called “People’s Prison” operated, where the National Liberation Movement-Tupamaros carried out political kidnappings.

On May 27, 1972, the Joint Forces found the place and arrested those who operated it. In its underground cells, the guerrilla movement had the former British ambassador, Geoffrey Jackson, kidnapped; the former Minister of Livestock, Carlos Frick Davies; and the former president of UTE, of the Colorado Party, Ulysses Pereira Reverbel.

While During the civic-military dictatorship (1973-1985) the place was used as a clandestine detention and torture center.

Subsequently, the “People’s Prison” became the property of the Ministry of Defense.


In the last few hours, the Ministry of Defense reported, through a statement, that it had set up an agenda for visits to the “Cárcel del Pueblo”.

The Secretary of State expresses that in consideration of the “characteristics of the place and the sensitivity that memory evokes”, the visits will be coordinated for the fourth Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The only means to schedule day and time will be by email to: [email protected],

Once the request has been received and the corresponding agenda has been drawn up, “the day and time will be confirmed through the same means.” The name, surname and identity card and cell phone of the person who attends the visit must be provided.

The visits should not exceed a maximum quota of 25 people per day, divided into five groups of five members at a time, the maximum visit and tour time should not exceed 20 minutes, reported the Secretary of State.

In cases of exceeding the maximum quota of 25 people, a “priority list must be made based on the order in which the orders are received, which will be scheduled to be included in the agenda for the next month.”

Agendas must be respected on the day and time set. “In cases of cancellation, it must be made 48 hours in advance of the visit. The current sanitary measures arranged in relation to Covid-19 must be complied with.

In 2002, former deputy Washington Abdala (Foro Batllista) presented a bill with the aim of creating the Museum of National Reconciliation there.

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