MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Germany –
Source: Die Linke “I am glad that the Joint Commission of the Bundestag and the Federal Government reaffirms its commitment to stick to its clear goal of providing assistance to the victims of the ‘Colonia Dignidad’ this year. After decades of inactivity and looking away, the victims must finally be given concrete help and their suffering accepted. But it will also be important that the historical and criminal processing of crimes is promoted. Just today, on the 46th anniversary of the fascist military coup in Chile, we commemorate the over one hundred opponents of the regime, who were tortured and murdered by the sect during the 17 years of the Pinochet dictatorship, “explains Friedrich Straetmanns, member of the DIE LINKE member of the Joint Commission to implement the aid scheme for the victims of ‘Colonia Dignidad’. Straetmann continues: “With the 11th of September 1973, the hour of ‘Colonia Dignidad’ also struck. The anti-Communist sect leadership, which maintained very good contacts with the far-right group, Patria y Libertad, supported the coup and the military dictatorship from the beginning. The sect served until 1990 as a training, detention and torture center of the Chilean secret service DINA. The alliance with the regime, which held its protective hand over the sect, was – in addition to the looking away of the federal governments at that time – the guarantee that also against the own inhabitants crimes could be committed. They were victims of slave labor, torture and sexual abuse in the barbed-fenced settlement. For decades systematic crimes were committed on them. We owe it to the victims that as soon as possible a memorial site will be set up on the grounds of ‘Colonia Dignidad’ for all victims. “
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