"Working Group" Death Squad (Argentina)

Country: Argentina
Details of Formation: The “Working Group” Death Squad was set up as independent militarized cells by the government under military rule.
Details of Termination: The group is coded as terminated when the democratic government took over in December 1983 after the first general elections in October 1983.
Purpose: The main purpose of the group was to combat leftist armed groups or any person who might have leftist sympathies.
Organisation: The group is organized in militarized cells which are independent of central control and has a structure like a guerilla organisation. Evidence suggests that the cells got harder to control and that their commanders did sometimes try to operate under autonomous rule, for instance by trying to sabotage peace with Britain in 1982.
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Treatment of Civilians: The “Working Group” Death Squad was involved in many murders, torture and disappearances of civilians such as middle-class factory workers, students, union leaders and children. Different news source estimate that around 9,000- 30,000 Argentines were abducted by the group and its allies in the police and military. They allegedly acted with a mandate of the military government.
Other Information: The PGM is also known as “working class death squad”, “phantom squadrons” or “the people who will always be unknown”.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.