Space management will be carried out by the Universidade Federal Fluminense; military coup turns 60 in 2024
The so-called “House of Death”, in Petrópolis (RJ), will be acquired by the federal government to be transformed into a memorial to the military dictatorship (1964-1985). The announcement was made this Friday (2.Feb.2024) by the Minister of Human Rights and Citizenship, Silvio Almeida, during breakfast with journalists.
“We are speaking with the city of Petrópolis and conducting negotiations to expropriate the residence. […] I think this memorial will be a great achievement for all of us. It will be fundamental as a policy of our memory. Memory is fundamental in the fight for human rights”he stated.
The house will be transformed into the Memorial of Freedom, Truth and Justice. Although the ministry participates in the negotiations, the UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense) will take over the management of the site.
JAIL AND TORTURE
The “House of Death” was a clandestine torture and murder center created by repressive bodies of the military dictatorship in a residence in Petrópolis. There, guerrillas from the armed struggle and those accused of rebelling against the dictatorship were killed.
Inês Etienne, militant of the guerrilla organization VAR-Palmares –who fought against the military regime– is recognized as the only survivor of the “House of Death”. She died in 2015, of natural causes,
According to the process, Inês was taken by force and kept there for 6 months until she was transferred, in November 1971, to the Talavera Bruce Women’s Prison, in Bangu, west of Rio, where she remained until 1979, when she was released.