The Memorial Project has had a huge response in Uruguay from the start. Supporters from the very beginning have been Ernesto Kroch and Oscar Cambre, both now deceased. In addition NGOs, human right organizations, politicians and Uruguayans welcome the idea of a central monument.

It is now more than 30 years since the end of the dictatorship in Uruguay. Since they won the elections in 2004 the Frente Amplio, a coalition of parties and groups of the left founded in 1971, forms the government of Uruguay. But in Montevideo and other places a process of coming to terms with the violent past had started even earlier. Driving forces behind these processes were and are persons affected by the dictatorship, human rights groups as well as politicians of different parties.

“Raising awareness and achieving a debate about this period and the exemption from punishment is an indispensable contribution for the restitution of democracy.”

Madres y Familiares de Uruguayos Detenidos Desaparecidos – Mothers and Relatives of Uruguayans Arrested Missing

“To erect a monument for the victims of a dictatorship means to pay them their due tribute as a society and at the same time to strengthen national memory of past events to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.”

Crysol Asociación de ex pres@s polític@s del Uruguay – Association of Ex-prisoners of Uruguay

“The concept of a memorial as a place of remembrance, of encounter, reflection, exchange and as a learning source about the recent past including audiovisual media, seems to us to be a successful and important one; as well as introducing the topic delicately and artistically to the younger generation and to cause reflection and sensitization with those who haven’t so far perceived the traces left by the dictatorship.”

Asociación de Amigas y Amigos del Centro Cultural y Museo de la Memoria – Friends of the Cultural Center and Museum of Remembrance