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108 NEVER AGAIN! Memory of a Dictatorship

It started on 1 September 1959, on a quiet morning in Barrio Obrero, when the fire broke out in one of the pieces of a tenancy. It was Bernardo Aranda, who was incinerated in his own bed after being killed under mysterious circumstances.

Police intervened, and needed to blame someone. They had no better idea than 108 cases blaming gay men who were arrested, tortured savagely, and their names were spread across all shops and public buildings in Asunción.

It was never affirmed whether any of the 108 detainees were related to the crime of Aranda. It is believed that the operation was carried out to conceal the relationship that Aranda had with a member of the "circle of power" of Stroessner .

It is unknown what happened to these 108 people after the torture and abuse to which they were subjected. Unfortunately, the Truth and Justice Commission avoided any sort of investigation. Paradoxically, this commission was created to investigate "violations of human rights during the dictatorship". SOMOSGAY leads from the 2012 draft recovery of memory through audiovisual , interviewing victims of these persecutions throughout the country.

SOMOSGAY is convinced that : "History must be known for certain events to not be repeated." Such is the case of the 108 and one burned, because throughout the government of dictator Alfredo Stroessner, this modus operandi - to accuse a number of people of being gay - was repeated several times.