Cro-Magnon :: Cromañón 2004

 Cromañón – 5th Anniversary of a brutal tragedy 

I’ve been following this story closely for nearly 5 years and wanting to share with the world about it.

Many other people have done so previously, some of them very eloquently. Here’s my way of re-telling this tragic story. 

I would like to thank Laura Marcello, my Argentinian virtual friend and photographer for her strikingly powerful images, patience, and understanding while I put together this very difficult  and heart-wrenching project.

Let’s not let this happen again, EVER!

On December 30, 2004 approximately 2811 young people from varied backgrounds and interests, set out to see a live show of the Rock’n Roll group Callejeros, at a night club called Cro-Magnon Republic (also known as Cromañón.) What was to be a celebration ended with the tragic death of 194 children, and over 700 wounded.
On August 19, 2009 the Criminal Court No. 24 of Buenos Aires, ruled on the decision for the 15 charged by the fire on 30 December 2004, that broke out at the Cro-Magnon Republic disco, leaving 194 dead.

The main defendant, Omar Chaban, nightclub manager at the time, received a jail sentence of 20 years, as the perpetrator of the crimes of willful negligence followed by death and active bribery. The prosecution had requested between 23 and 26 years on behalf of the complainants.

In turn, Raul Villarreal, Chabán’s primary partner, was sentenced to 16 years for the crimes of willful manslaughter and active bribery as a participant. The complainants asked for 25 years.

Meanwhile, members of the rock band Callejeros, who played that night in Cromañón, were acquitted. However, the former manager of the group, Diego Argarañaz, was sentenced to 18 years prison for the crime of qualified arson.

This video was produced as a homage to the young innocents.
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El 30 de Diciembre del 2004 aproximadamente 2.811 jóvenes, de variados orígenes e intereses, se dispusieron a ver el show en vivo de la banda Callejeros, en un conocido boliche llamado República de Cromañón (también conocido como Cro-magnon.) Lo que iba a ser una fiesta concluyó con la trágica muerte de 194 chicos, y más de 700 heridos.

El 19 de Agosto de 2009 el Tribunal Oral Criminal Nº24 de Buenos Aires, dictaminó el fallo para los 15 imputados por el incendio del 30 de diciembre de 2004, que se desató en la discoteca República Cromañón, dejando 194 muertos.

El principal acusado, Omar Chabán, administrador del local nocturno en la época, recibió una sentencia de 20 años, como autor de los delitos de estrago doloso seguido de muerte y cohecho activo (pago de coimas). Se habían solicitado entre 23 y 26 años por parte de los querellantes.

A su vez, Raúl Villarreal, principal colaborador de Chabán, fue condenado a 16 años por los delitos de estrago doloso seguido de muerte y cohecho activo, pero en calidad de partícipe. Los querellantes llegaron a pedir hasta 25 años.

En tanto, los integrantes de la banda de rock Callejeros, que esa noche tocaban en Cromañón, fueron absueltos. Sin embargo, el ex manager del grupo, Diego Argarañaz, fue condenado a 18 años de prisión por el delito de incendio doloso calificado.

Este es un homenaje a las inocentes victimas de esta tragedia.

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Elements used in this production are:

See the video at :: http://www.vimeo.com/8444046

Pix In Motion
Leo Bar
Creative Imagining

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