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This written testimonial expresses the reasons why a group of residents and nonresidents took over the Pabellón Argentino de la Ciudad Universitaria de París [Argentinean Building of the University Boarding Complex of Paris] in 1968. It denounces the arbitrariness and ideological discrimination of the selection process for residents, taking advantage of information provided by the Argentinean SIDE [State Bureau of Information]. Also, this source reports that the occupants decided to call the building the “Pabellón Argentino Che Guevara” and that their objective was to convert it into a free speech area for Latin American creative production.
The Pabellón Argentino, created in 1928, was the first non-French-speaking building in the Cité Universitaire de Paris, founded to house students who studied there to perfect their artistic skills.
This document has been selected as evidence of the struggle faced by both Argentinean residents and nonresidents of the Pabellón Argentino. During the student protests in May 1968, Julio Le Parc was expelled from France after participating in the Taller Popular de Afiches [Popular Workshop for Posters] and required to remain outside the country for five months.
Even though the document states that the Argentinean intellectuals formed a large group, it does not provide a list of the participants. Also, this source is linked to a note of support written by a group of Latin American artists and intellectuals that were linked to the Parisian Les Temps Modernes [The Modern Times] journal, dated May 28, 1968.