The police appeared in the house of Manuel Tello entry the night of may 1, 1971. "They put Me in a car cell and took me to the Headquarters Superior of Police of Valencia. I was 19 years old, studying the Physical Sciences, and I was so scared. I went up to the first interrogation and began to give me without a word," recalls Tello, one of the six detainees for belonging to the Communist Party and spreading propaganda against the franco regime in the police operation of nearly half a century ago that this Monday have been sued for alleged torture against former senior police Benjamin Solsona.
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The judicial initiative has the support of the Diputación of Valencia, whose vice-president Rosa Perez, coordinator of Esquerra Unida, has presented the event organized to make it public in the Cultural Center of the Charity. Guillermo Noguera, one of the lawyers who have drafted the complaint, has admitted that it is very difficult for the court proceeding to prosper in Spain because the 1977 Amnesty Law. Noguera argues, however, that the facts alleged, the torture "of a systematic and organized way to end political dissent", constitute crimes against humanity which do not prescribe, and ensures that they are willing to take the case to the european court.
"I did the duck, who was in esposarte hands to one leg, and force you to walk, you fell down, of course. I became drowning in a sink, they told me they were going to kill me and he beat me a lot. In one of the interrogations I blacked out and woke up in the hospital. From then on they were more careful." Tello says he will not there were consequences, but to fix it: "Many times I remember that and I go into a last case tremendous. This night in particular, with the result of Andalusia and the rise of Vox, I got nerviosísimo. To such a height that I didn't know what to do or if you go today to put the complaint or not. I was shattered...", he says before breaking into tears of way unstoppable. The crisis lasts for half a minute. The demons in the form of terror attacks will assail regularly from 47 years ago, sometimes in the middle of the night, Casinomaxi usually when he recalls those two weeks spent in headship. "And what of Andalucia we have fear, huh? Have you ever noticed that almost none have wanted to leave in the act?".
despite the regular recurrence of the trauma, Tello't let go of the rudder of your life. He was expelled from the classroom, but he finished the race appearing to the exams for free. He married, had two children, adopted an opposition and has given classes of mathematics in an institute for 35 years. "After that I did not return to military in the Communist Party, although I was in the Workers' Commissions. We spent the majority of the 15 that were arrested".
Those days of may ' 71, yes they altered the course of the life of Vincent Pérez Ventura. I was 19 years old just turned when he was stopped in the centre of Valencia and was taken to the headquarters of the police in the city. "Nobody told me anything. They put Me in a cell one and a half meters by two meters only, without warm clothes, without a place to sleep and in the dark. I only came to light through a chink of the door. On the seventh day they took me out to take me to the interrogation and had to help me up the stairs, because it practically had not eaten. When you get to the room I asked if it was the Communist Party, refused and started the beating. I spent 15 days in absolute isolation, except to interrogate me. After spending two months in prison I was sent to do my stint in the army to Lorca, a site that is very complicated where sent to those who had antedecentes. There I also spent 15 days very hard. Everything I marked. When I came back because I did not follow with studies of Economic, I started to work in different places," she says with the stare.
This newspaper has tried without success to get in touch with Solsona. The lawyers who have drafted the complaint in collaboration with the association Citizen Action against the Impunity of Franco's regime, are not sure of who is still alive. Would be 87 years old. The first diligence that you have asked the courthouse has been that it is located. After passing through Valencia, Solsona was chief commissioner in Malaga and, in the eighties, head of Police in Bilbao and the Balearic islands, according to Luke, Marco, author of the book Simply Professionalism. History of the brigade Political Social in Valencia, that will publish soon by the Institution Alfons The Magnànim. In 2014, the argentine justice asked the former declared in the open case in the country against 18 former officials of the dictatorship.
also a professor of Mathematics retired, Peter Carrascosa, 69, another of the complainants for the alleged torture of 1971, clearly recalls a scene with Solsona. "I was doing drowning in the sink for you to speak to more colleagues and said that it was of the propaganda apparatus of the Communist Party. But there came a moment when I couldn't take it anymore and they threatened to that respiraría water on purpose to kill myself. Left to immerse myself, but then I got into what they called the wheel, hitting handcuffed while I passed from one to the other. When I fell to the ground, Solsona I put the gun in the head and told me that I was going to paste it a shot and that after I tirarían the river, for I find as if I had killed a thug."