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    Uruguayan troops have uncovered a Tupamaro "People's Prison" in Montevideo. They believe it is where?

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    Uruguayan troops have uncovered a Tupamaro "People's Prison" in Montevideo. They believe it is where urban guerrillas held British Ambassador Geoffrey jackson as hostage for eight months last year.

    On his release, Sir Geoffrey described his prison as an "abominable damp dungeon" where he was kept in cramped conditions. The prison uncovered by troops was only a few square yards in size, and was linked to the city's sewers by a long tunnel.

    The hideout also contained a workshop for making grenades. A separate cell, six foot by two in size, was divided off by wire from the rest of the cellar area.

    SYNOPSIS: In central Montevideo, Uruguayan troops have uncovered a special hideout of the Tupamaro movement. It's believed that British Ambassador Geoffrey Jackson was held hostage here for eight months last year, before being released by urban guerrillas, who brought him here after being seized by a kidnap force of fifty Tupemares.

    The searchers had to break through the floor of the building to discover the hideout underneath. At the end of his captivity, Ambassador jackson described his prison as a damp dungeon, only six feet long and two wide. These were exactly the measurements of a wire cell in the hideout.

    There was also a workshop for making grenades and three beds for guards. The searchers discovered still warm food, indicating that the raid surprised guerrillas who were continuing to use the hideout. They were thought to have fled down a long escape tunnel which linked the hideout with Montevideo's network of sewers.

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