Argentine Officers Accused of Torture


A shocking video surfaced on Youtube last week that shows what looks like Argentine police officers torturing male suspects in a courtyard (warning: video in above link contains graphic content). At one point in the video, one police officer places a plastic bag over a tethered male’s head and then proceeds to suffocate the victim after asking him questions which the victim cannot answer. Once the man falls to the floor from a lack of oxygen, the officer releases him and continues to ask questions. Another male suspect appears to be held in place with his arm raised up at the back of his body before he his doused with water.

The BBC reports that six policemen have been arrested in connection with the torture video. The video was taken while the officers were attempting to make progress in a drug case in the northern province of Salta.

Reports emphasize that the video footage was most likely taken last year and only surfaced recently. Argentina’s security minister has stated that these men do not represent the police force in the country. In his own words, “They are not policemen, they are criminals.”

Conversely, Maria del Carmen Verdu, part of a group that monitors police brutality in Argentina, says that this type of torture and interrogation is quite common. She told CNN:

Torture is a common tool which is applied constantly in many detention centers and even to suspects held at police station cells before their court appearance… We have been able to prove it multiple times in court through oral testimonies of the victims.

The video was apparently shot by one of the six policemen involved in the case but it is unclear who uploaded the damning footage to Youtube.

Incidents of torture like this ring close to home for many Argentinians. La Guerra Sucia, or the Dirty War, raged throughout Argentina between 1976 and 1983. It was a silent war waged under a military dictatorship in which thousands of Argentine citizens who were accused of opposing the government disappeared and were never heard from again.

Two of the leaders of the military government were charged this month with crimes against humanity after it was proven they had stolen infants from incarcerated mothers who were often tortured and killed after the birth. Torture videos such as these threaten to resurrect feelings of uncertainty and fear for citizens today.


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Stanley Rampersad
Stanley Balgobin5 years ago

What'da think? Police brutality even shown on TV with impunity to strip the dignity of citizens everyday in the USA. Torture is a culture norm in a violent American society. If you're poor and black, forget it, you've got no chance. Poverty is today a serious CRIME in the USA. The estimated hushed-up 45% rapes of women serving in the military, the suicide of vets every 90 seconds is not big news. What is News is the Presidential campaign for Rmoney/Ryan $KOCHroach 100million for TV air-time to spout deception to a gullible public to get votes to screw the elderly, the working poor the students, the unemployed.

Dean P.
Dean P5 years ago

some fools never learn

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V5 years ago

Welcome to the new One World Order or to put it another way, welcome to "1984." Ladies read "The Handmaiden's Tale" while you can because unless things change it will be the future for our daughters, granddaughter and their great granddaughers.

The police are a dying breed and the Gestapo have arrived.

Pamela Tracy
Pamela Tracy5 years ago

I would like to see the tests these cops question would be how human would it be to torture a person for nothing...etc.etc....sick men

Barry Appleby
Barry Appleby5 years ago

Argentina has almost the same land area as India but a population of only
around 30 million and is endowed with many natural resources. Yet for most
of the 20th century and well into the 21st, its has been betrayed at every turn by
its politicians. In desperation, its military junta attacked and briefly occupied a group
of rocky, windswept islands 290 miles away which its present leaders still wish to own and thus misrule with the same amazing level of success as they do now. Amazingly,
they still thing that illegal act of aggression does not disqualify them from making and pursuing this claim, which they exploit as a means of diverting their population from the
perilous state of the nation. Had the British Government not gone to war, then it is not inconceivable that the Argentinians would still be living under military rule or some form
of dictatorship, so I'm not amazed at the fact their police use torture, since what else do
they know.

Jim W.
j W5 years ago

Shame on them. Unfortunately power can corrupt people

ROLF P5 years ago

This is what happens when you have a corrupt government where the politicians have become so frightened as to create a police state so they can continue exploiting their citizens for their own gain. Maybe this is something all you anti-gunners need to start thinking about, they want to take away our guns so we can't defend our selves against their oppression. Since 9/11 they have used terrorism as an excuse to take more and more of our rights away in an effort to protect them selves, and not us the PEOPLE. Obama's definition of transparency is the dark of night without the moon and stars. WAKE UP! Just look at how they are trying to kill the First Amendment, that's where it starts.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L5 years ago

Is there a country that hasn't experience police brutality?

Michael C.
Michael C5 years ago

Continued from below:

People time to VOTE...Who believes that Bush should go in front of The Court at the Hague, be tried, found guilty and hung for crimes against humanity.

I, for one, VOTE>>>YES

Michael C.
Michael C5 years ago

The use of torture to obtain information is most often worthless, by the time the average individual begins to "talk," they will say just about anything to stop the abuse.

Now torture for the sake of it, is to induce terror, not just with the individual but those who await the same fate.

Of course, America is opposed to countries that commit torture...or are they?

In December of 2001, U.S. agents arranged to have a German citizen flown to a Syrian jail called the Palestine Branch, renowned for its use of torture, and later offered to pass written questions to Syrian interrogators to pose to the prisoner, according to a secret German intelligence report shown to TIME on Wednesday.

After U.S. officials long refused to confirm the CIA's secret detention of terror suspects abroad, President Bush last month admitted that terror suspects had been transferred abroad to secret CIA facilities, but U.S. officials continue to deny that such prisoners have been tortured, saying that foreign governments assured them that they would be treated fairly.

With deep political mistrust between Syria and the United States, the two countries are hardly ready-made partners in the war on terrorism.

Let me see if I understand this, the US does not like or trust Al Assad's Syria but they will trust him enough to torture people in the name of democracy.

People time to VOTE...How believes that Bush should go in front of The Court at the Hague, be tried, found guilty and hung for c