Filling the Void of Trapped Memories: The Liberation of a Pinochet Centre of Torture

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Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 2012, 18 (1), pp. 41 - 54
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This paper considers a momentous event in Santiago, Chile, on 10 December 2007. On that day an infamous torture and extermination centre known as Londres 38 was for the first time opened to the public. By the end of the day much more had been exposed than the echoing and empty rooms. After examining the context in which Londres 38 may be placed in the history of the dictatorship, we consider the events of that memorable day in 2007. We explore and follow the tensions so unexpectedly expressed by the colectivos involved in the long campaign to have the building opened. Lastly we return to the building to discover how the mourners have chosen to present the building to visitors.
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