Just days after the Military Coup of 1973, 19 workers were arrested and carried to the Laja Police Station. After being detained 5 days, they disappeared. The Police told to their relatives that they were transferred to a military regiment in the city of Los Angeles, but they didn’t find them there. They looked for 6 years until their remains appeared in the Yumbel cemetery. There was no explanation about how they got there.
Almost 40 years after the massacre, one of the police officers involved, broke the silence pact they had made the night of the massacre and the case was reopened. This way is known that the 19 workers were killed in a forest near the town of Laja, and the Paper and Cardboard Manufacturing Company (CMPC) had relation with those deaths. The workers were captured, imprisoned, tortured and the night they were killed in the back. Despite the confessions and the investigation ́s findings, all the officers involved that night are free. Today, the case is still open waiting to know who will be convicted.
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