‘The Night of the Pencils’
Imagine right now you are a student at your local high school. It is 4 a.m. You are sleeping in bed. Then the door of your home is kicked open. There is loud shouting. Not shouting -‘orders’! Orders for all to come downstairs and depart immediately…
On 16 and 17 September 1976, masked men raided homes under cover of darkness, taking students away to clandestine detention centres in what became known as the “Night of the Pencils”. It concluded five days later when Camps’ henchmen kidnapped the student Pablo Diaz. He was taken to a detention center, joining his fellow high school activists, where they were tortured and some were killed or reported missing and presumed dead.
Cover of film ‘La Noche Los Lapices (The Night of the Pencils)
by Hector Olivera