More than 100 leftwing Tupamaros guerrillas who tunnelled their way out of jail in Montevideo on Monday (6 September) appear to have vanished into thin air.
TV PAN & GV's jail (4 shots)
MV Firemen arrive
GV, MV's and SV's firemen examine exit from escape tunnel (6 shots)
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Background: More than 100 leftwing Tupamaros guerrillas who tunnelled their way out of jail in Montevideo on Monday (6 September) appear to have vanished into thin air.
Police announced later on Monday evening that they had arrested 27 suspected members of the guerrilla movement, but gave no indication that any of them were members of the group that crawled to freedom through a tunnel from Punta Carretas prison earlier in the day.
Troops and police searching for the escaped men said they had disappeared without trace.
Only last week, Uruguay's conservative Government had pledged new tough action against the Tupamaros, who have brought the country to the brink of chars in the past two years with political assassinations, bank robberies and kidnappings -- including that of British Ambassador Geoffrey Jackson early this year (he is still being held after nine months).
This film, shot by Visnews cameraman Alfredo Pucciano shows the tunnel entrance being inspected soon after the escape. Police and military authorities banned filming site itself.
SYNOPSIS: In Uruguay, more than a hundred Tupamaro guerrillas escaped from Montevideo's Punta Carretas prison on Monday by crawling through a narrow tunnel leading under the prison well to a house across the street. The early morning mass escape was the second by Tupamaros in only five weeks -- 38 women also used a tunnel to get out of another Montevideo jail in July, and only one was recaptured.
Police and firemen later said that the tunnel, which was about two feet wide are about 30 yards long, was started from the cell of a non-political prisoner. The final breakthrough into the house came in the early hours of Monday morning when the guerrillas smashed through the floor of the house and held the occupants at gun point and then walked out through the front door...so far, none have been recaptured.
Uruguay's conservative Government pledge new tough action against the Tupamaros only last week. The guerrillas have brought the country to the brink of charge in the last two years with a wave of political assassinations, bank robberies and kidnappings.