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Wardenclyffe
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« on: April 12, 2011, 09:26:39 PM »

According to Wikipaedia, torture house Villa Grimaldi originally belonged to a wealthy family, whose daughter was arrested by the DINA, the Chilean secret police, during the government of Augusto Pinochet, shortly after the coup of 1973. The family surrendered the land to the Army in return for the release of their daughter.

What happened to that wealthy family now? Did they donate the property to the government as a park? The official website is http://www.villagrimaldi.cl/.
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 11:52:59 PM »

Spanish to English translation by Google of the history of Villa Grimaldi written in the official website:

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The story that marks the center of Villa Grimaldi as kidnapping, torture and killing and later as a place of memory, linked to human rights violations perpetrated by state agents during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), begins with September 11, 1973.

A day after the coup, Villa Grimaldi was raided for the first time since the end of 1973 enforcement activities began on site, when the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) under Colonel Manuel Contreras, acquired property, located at Avenida José Arrieta 8,200 (actual 8401), thanks to the pressure to his owner Emilio Vassallo, who was forced to sell, depending on the version of family members, to protect his family.

The aim of Contreras was installed in its premises to the Metropolitan Intelligence Brigade (BIM) and set up the headquarters Newfoundland, which was one of the secret detention, torture and disappearance largest network of detention centers formed by the dictatorship.

The HQ Newfoundland was known as "Villa Grimaldi", referring to the previous owners name had given the place as a result of its architectural and decorative features.

According to testimony, the Villa Grimaldi would last about 4,500 prisoners and prisoners, of which 229 were killed or held as detainees disappeared.

In 1978, the repressive activity would cease at the site, resulting in a gradual abandonment which led to its dismantling in the mid 80's and subsequent sale to a building society made up of relatives of the late director of National Intelligence (CNI) Hugo Salas Wenzel, finally to be demolished in order to build a housing estate there.

Alerted to this situation, a citizen movement led by the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights Peñalolén and The Queen, began a campaign of denunciation and recovery of Villa Grimaldi, in order to develop a memory there dedicated to the memory and promotion Human Rights.

Following the submission and approval of a bill in the House of Representatives, led by MPs who supported this demand of civil society, the state expropriated Villa Grimaldi, through the Ministry of Housing.

The site was first opened to the community on December 10, 1994. And then it builds the Peace Park, which opened in March 1997 remained, since then, open to the public and welcoming celebration activities along with activities to promote a culture of respect for human rights.

So there. Allegedly, the owner was forced to sell it to National Intelligence Directorate (DINA).  Huh I doubt if this is true.
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2011, 05:23:23 PM »

A bit of history from the Italian Wikipedia translated:

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Emilio Vassallo was the owner of the villa from the fifties and had turned the house into a restaurant, a hangout for politicians, intellectuals and artists. The house looked a lot like an Italian villa, which is why they called Villa Grimaldi, with many plants, marble statues, fountains and mosaics on the walls.

So before the place became hell filled with the moans of tortured prisoners, it was filled with the laughter of politicians, intellectuals and artists. Besides that, flowers abound the surroundings. Imagine the contrast of what it became.
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