Mass mobilization to demand justice for the teenager who was beaten to death by eight rugby players

About thirty students gathered this Wednesday in Asuncion to demand justice Fernando Baez Sosaan 18-year-old young student and the son of immigrants from Paraguay, eight have been charged for his death in 2020 before an Argentine court. rugby players.

With white balloons, candles and posters with pictures of Baez Sosa, the demonstrators, mostly law students, gathered outside the Faculty of Law of the National University of Asuncion (UNA) to send a message of solidarity to the parents of the young man.

The focus came three years after the early morning January 18, 2020 battery attack that took the young man’s life, in an event that caused a sensation in Argentina.

“It fills us with pride and emotion that the Paraguayan people showed themselves in this way with what happened with Fernando,” Nancy Sosa, the young man’s cousin, who joined the demonstration accompanied by her sister Mercedes, told EFE.

Sosa emphasized that the past three years have been “very difficult” and “extreme” for the family.

For her part, Carolina Bejarano, one of the students who attended the demonstration, assured reporters that they are calling for “justice and an exemplary punishment” for those responsible.

The “Eight” accused of murder

On January 2, Buenos Aires City Judge Dolores began the trial of Máximo Thomsen, Matias Benicelli, Enzo Comelli, Blas Sinali, Ayrton Violas, Luciano, Ciro and Lucas Bertossi, who are 21 to 23 years old rugby players.

All eight are charged with double homicide through treason and involvement of two or more persons, charges that could result in life imprisonment.

Baez Sosa died after being beaten outside a nightclub in Villa Gesell, a town 400 kilometers south of Buenos Aires that is very popular in the southern summer for teens and young adults.

Thousands of people mobilized to disavow this fact and even Pope Francis called the young man’s family to inquire about his condition.

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