“Put me on the paper that somehow arrived”: the story of the basketball player who was kidnapped before a match by the last military dictatorship
Jose Luis Suarez He loved basketball so much that even though he knew they were looking for him, he wrote a letter to his coach A few hours before the moment of his disappearance, on Thursday 9 June 1977. Omar Parachini, Fitness Trainer From the La Plata team where he played, he said it years later. “He did not come and we did not hear about him againNarrated.
Jose Luis was 24 years old when a task force took him away. She was from San Caetano, a town in the southwest of the province of Buenos Aires, 585 km from the cityBut he was studying physical education at La Plata. He lives in an apartment in 35th Street With three of his companions he was working with them. He had ideas, he was observant, but nothing more. But For the dictatorship it was dangerous and they took him far. Just when he was going for a basketball game, he didn’t want to miss the chance to watch the world.
Until you arrive at In repaymentI played basketball at the club independent From his hometown. He did all the divisions (junior, students, youth and first) and even He was the champion of the Necochense Association, 18 years old. there was December 1970When he won the Official League and the “Golden Jubilee Echoes Dili” Cup, unbeaten. Also The Mukhtar represented his town.
His niece recounted his love for basketball Paula ZobelagaWhen the reporter and researcher gave Gustavo Vega, The author of the book Sports, Disappeared and Dictatorship-Which defined it in its latest version There were 220 athletes who never came back- A message sent by Suarez to him Fitness Trainer. “I start classes on April 10th so if I agree to play the race on his home turf, I will be able to, But I don’t know if they see fit. I was thinking of taking off the cast about 4 or 5 days before the 20 days my doctor set so I could practice something. I have been in bed for a week and my leg has not shrunk, which is why they don’t put a cast on me. ”Wrote that March 17, 1972 When I was already studying on In repayment. He liked to play.
According to the testimony he made before Conadip at 1984 about Francisco Ferrer, The Thin – As they said – it could have been Detained and disappeared in the Fifth Police Station in La Plata – today is Memory space – as well as in Secret detention center, La Kasha.
Suarez plans to return to his home town after graduation. I wanted to teach, give lessons, and train people. He couldn’t do it. In those last days, he knew they were following him because on one of his many trips from La Plata to play basketball they had come to look for him in Gonzalez Chávez – City near San Caetano – but He never showed up on the bus that went to campus. Team mates and coach Weather in Paracini They were worried but found him later in the club independent. He explained that he had changed the roads. That was the last time they saw him. The next time they took him away. It no longer appears.