Carlos Carrizo Salvadores

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Retired colonel Carlos Carrizo Salvadores (born 7 August 1942) is a former commanding officer in the Argentinian 20th Infantry Regiment and later served as police chief of Jujuy Province in Argentina.

Early life

Carrizo Salvadores was born on 7 August 1944 in San Miguel de Tucumán and lived in Catamarca, as a child. He was educated at Colegio Belgrano.

Military career

Officer Cadet Carrizo Salvadores entered the Colegio Militar de la Nación in 1959 and was commissioned into the Argentinian Army in 1962, as an infantry second lieutenant. Having been promoted to captain in 1974, he had passed paratroop qualification as a lieutenant for the 4th Airborne Infantry Brigade and undertook service in the 17th Airborne Infantry Regiment.

Rosario chapel Massacre

Between August 10 and 12 in 1974, Captain Carlos Carrizo Salvadores (a company commander) took part in the gun-battles that later became known as the Masacre de Capilla del Rosario. Some 16 Marxist guerrillas of the People's Revolutionary Army (Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo or ERP) had planned to overrun the peacetime barracks of the 17th Airborne Infantry Regiment, in order to steal the weaponry and capture and/or execute the officers present, but were either killed in battle or shortly afterwards executed for wearing Argentinian Army uniforms.

Falklands/Malvinas War

Major Carlos Carrizo Salvadores distinguished himself in the final battles from 11–14 June 1982, during the Falklands/Malvinas War, when, as Second-in-Command of the 7th Mechanized Infantry Regiment, he defended Mount Longdon and mounted a bayonet charge to recover the lost positions on Wireless Ridge. During the Battles of Mount Longdon and Wireless Ridge, British Paratroopers had to fight from one rock to another, taking casualties at every turn in what is still the bloodiest British ground battle since Korea.

Commander of the 20th Regiment

On December 7, 1987, Colonel Carrizo Salvadores was named Commanding Officer of the 20th "Los Cazadores de los Andes" Infantry Regiment in San Salvador de Jujuy, replacing Colonel Fernando Marcelo Zarraga. On February 10, 1989, Carrizo Salvadores and Military Chaplain César Lovaglio presided over a religious-military ceremony in remembrance of the regiment's dead during Operation Independence. Lovaglio in his homage would state that the operation was a "heroic deed of our glorious Argentine Army, which culminated in the total defeat of the enemy of the Fatherland: Marxism."

Chief of Police of Jujuy

Between December 31, 2001, and October 13, 2003, during the government of Eduardo Fellner of the Partido Justicialista in Jujuy Province, Carrizo Salvadores was named Chief of Police. During that period, several left-wing militants would end up detained under orders of Carrizo Salvadores. Seven of the 24 detainees were charged with causing damage to property, causing serious injuries and resisting arrest. However, during his period as police chief, a militant, Cristian Gabriel Ibáñez was killed. The head of Regional Unit Four, commissioner Raúl Aparicio, would claim that the deceased had been imprisoned for "having participated in a fight." According to The official version of the Jujuy police, Ibáñez (a militant of the CCC) was found hanged in his cell at the 39th Police Station in the Jujuy city of Libertador General San Martin after being arrested for "drunkenness and disorderly behaviour". The reported suicide of Ibáñez emboldened hundreds of citizens to take to the streets in the early hours of October 10, 2003 clashing with police, destroying the police station and setting fire to two trucks, a car and an ambulance. While returning from visiting his girlfriend, 19-year-old Luis Marcelo Cuellar, stopped to observe the clashes that were taking place near the 39th Police Station and was shot in the stomach. He was rushed to the Ledesma Clinic but was pronounced dead on arrival. His aunt, Elida, claimed that Cuellar did not participate in the street protests. As a result, Carrizo resigned from his position in order to facilitate with the investigations taking place following the Libertador General San Martín violent street protests.