18 years after the tragedy, he appeared at the Camera of deputies a project for expropriate the bowling Cro-Magnonlocated in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Eleven. In this way, it seeks to declare the place “of public utility and subject to expropriation” in order to install a “space dedicated to memory” there. The initiative was signed by members of almost all the blocs, survivor organizations and relatives of the victims of the massacre, in which 194 people died on December 30, 2004.
The project also has the support of the Secretary of Human rights of the Nation and with the signatures of representatives of practically all the benches in the Lower House, including the PROthe UCR, radical evolution, civic coalition, federal meeting, Left-Unity Front, Buenos Aires Identity, Socialist Party, Front of Concord missionary and Together we are Rio Negro.
From the legislature, the initiative is promoted by the deputy of the front of all Paula Penacain conjunction with the Cro-Magnon Coordinator, The Way is Cultural, Relatives of La Matanza, Cro-Magnon Movement, Neither Forget nor Forgive, Don’t Tell Us Cro-Magnon, Organization December 30, Do not let it happen again Y Without rights there is no justicedetailed NA.
The property where Cromañón worked is still in the hands of whoever was the owner at that time, Rafael Levy, at the head of the “Nueva Zarelux” company. The Oral Criminal Court 24 restored the keys to the premises in October 2018, before which strong questions arose from the relatives of the fatal victims of Cromañón. According to residents of Once, testimonial evidence of the tragedy that occurred there was lost, such as footprints and belongings of the victims.
In article 1, the project declares of “public utility and subject to expropriation, under the terms of Law 21,499, the property located at 3038/78 Bartolomé Miter Street, between Ecuador and Jean Jaures, of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires , 3, property popularly known as the Cro-Magnon Republic”. The text states that the site “will be used to create a space dedicated to the memory of what happened on December 30, 2004, when a havoc caused the death of at least 194 people and thousands of injuries.”
In addition, it indicates that “to this end, a permanent exhibition will be created that will reflect the history of what happened there, and cultural and informative activities will be organized.” “The existing building in the expropriated property must preserve the testimonial elements of the massacre, which make up its historical-cultural value and configure the historical memory that must be preserved. Likewise, preventive, curative and restoration conservation actions within the property must be guaranteed, ”adds the project.
Regarding the cost of the expropriation, the text states that “the value of the assets to be expropriated will be set in accordance with the provisions of Law 21,499, by the National Appraisal Court”, while authorizing “the Executive Branch to carry out in the General Budget of the National Administration for the current fiscal year, the budget adjustments resulting for compliance with the law”.
The position of the organizations
“Cromañón continues to hurt and challenges all of society, that is why it is necessary that it be in the right hands,” the organizations behind the project said in a statement. And they added: “The incessant claim as a Space of Memory has covered the struggles for memory, truth and justice of survivors and relatives. It is important that the representatives accompany this just request”.
The Cro-Magnon tragedy
In addition to the 194 fatalities, on the night of December 30, 2004 there were more than 1,500 people who were injured by the fire when they were trapped in the República Cromañón bowling alley, whose main door and the emergency doors were locked with a padlock and wire for the recital of the band Callejeros, led by the musician ‘Pato’ Fontanet.
The local manager Omar Chabán had allowed the entry of people well above the maximum authorized capacity of 1,031 people. The fire was caused by the lighting of a flare that set fire to a half shade located on the roof of the premises and caused toxic smoke that was inhaled by the thousands of young people who were inside, added to several irregularities in the place that caused one of the the greatest Argentine tragedies of the 2000s.