Six months after the attack on La Cámpora: little progress and a lot of silence

Six months have passed since that morning of May 25, when an explosive device placed in the Bahia headquarters of the justicialist group La Cámpora caused several damage to the front and interior of the building and brought to mind, in the XXI century, memories of a past that – it was hoped – had been buried.

The outbreak occurred on the corner of Beruti and Donado, after 3 in the morning. The schedule and the closure due to the pandemic collaborated so that no victims or injuries were registered. Material losses and damage were not limited to the building, but the shock wave caused windows and stained glass windows of apartments and nearby businesses to blow up. The roar was heard for several blocks around.

In the street, on the sidewalks, on the floor, both inside and outside the premises, a quasi-mafia message in the form of pamphlets dyed the dawn of Bahía Blanca even more black: “Take care, traitors, we know where you live. We are fed up of all of you, “he prayed, threatening the start of a generalized” purge. “

Social networks were immediately the place where the news spread; then came the media. Local and national Justicialists and La Cámpora referents echoed the fact, and described what happened as an event of “political violence”; repudiation also came from other political groups.

It was a common cause: on the anniversary of the formation of the first national government, an institution of democracy was the victim of an attack. The demand for a thorough investigation, the search for the culprits and the determination not to let the incident go unpunished were the common points of all the messages.

Justice and the security forces moved quickly. Beyond local police action, personnel from the Anti-Terrorism Unit arrived in the city within a few hours. The summary secret was almost impregnable, but it was learned that some cameras – the ones that worked – had captured movements in the vicinity. Neighbors who could have done something were asked for information, blurry images were obtained, telephone lines were crossed and a raid was even carried out in Tandil.

Nothing this turned out.

Today, six months into that day, the explosion in Beruti and Donado continues to be a mystery. In fact, it seems that in certain circles they prefer not to talk about it.

In judicial areas, although they hasten to clarify that the case is still open, they are limited by the lack of new lines of investigation to investigate. There are images of the alleged culprits, but the poor quality of the images prevents them from being identified. At the moment, it seems that the investigation has reached a dead end.

The demands for justice also seem to have died down. Beyond the momentum of the first days, in which -among others- the governor Axel Kicillof spoke; the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” De Pedro, and the then Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero, with the passage of time those requests were disappearing. Cristina Kirchner herself held a meeting with local representatives of La Cámpora, to whom she told them that it was necessary for the State to use all possible resources to clarify what happened.

In October the subject was remembered again, albeit through social networks. La Cámpora did it, through its Twitter account, from where they pointed out that “to date -for October 15- the Justice has not found the perpetrators of the act or produced any significant progress in the case,” requesting that this “Crime of extreme gravity does not go unpunished.”

The attack at the Clarín headquarters, last Monday night, also generated an obligatory reference to what happened in Bahía Blanca: “There is no audiovisual record. 183 days have passed, there is no progress in the case and the incident remains unpunished ”.

However, beyond the claims at the national level, for the moment it seems that silence surrounds what happened that morning, six months ago. At the local level, the lack of clear answers is the only answer to any question. Justice claims to have exhausted all the investigative lines that arose.

All that remains is the memory of an explosion in the middle of the morning, glass and pamphlets scattered everywhere, and a pixelated image mocking the lack of answers.

And a silence that, it seems, nobody wants to break.

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