Thousands of mourners paid their last respects to three priests and two seminarians who were shot in a raid in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday (4 July).
Thousands of mourners paid their last respects to three priests and two seminarians who were shot in a raid in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday (4 July). The raid was attributed to so-called right-wing death squads. A wake for the priests began on Monday.
SYNOPSIS: The men were shot in the parish house of St. Patricks church in the residential area of Belgrano. They were members of the Roman Catholic Palatine order and their bullet-ridden bodies were found by an altar boy who was to have assisted them at Sunday mass. A message scrawled on the church walls said the men were killed for being members of the left-wing Peronist Montoneros urban guerrilla group.
The killings appeared to be in retaliation for the left-wing guerrilla bombing of the security headquarters of the Federal Police last week. 18 people were reported dead and 66 injured.
St. Patrick's church is the centre of the English-speaking Catholic communist in Buenos Aires. It was established in 1928. The killings there bring the total of people known to have died through politically-motivated acts of violence to more than 450. These deaths have occurred since the military coup in March which deposed President Maria Estela Peron.