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Bazán Frías: criminal, vigilante or saint?

Bazán Frías an icon of the police stories of Tucumán, an individual who obscures the boundaries of right and wrong.
The worst thing about us
16 December, 2019

Sometimes the worst of us has no noticeable limits, the sides are not black or white, sometimes interpretations can become gray. Thus the story of Andrés Bazán Fríasbecame popular, bowed and sanctified.

Bazán Frías’s story has as many alternatives as people who count it. The most common is the one that shows it as an alleged criminal; others as a hero; and others as a saint. To understand everything We have to leave at the end of the 19th century.

In versions that install him as a criminal, Bazán Frías has an image of a vigilante: he steals from those who have to give to the I don’t. The concept of Robin Hood Tucuman is the strongest and possibly the one that made its history a legend.

The police capture him and take him to jail for murder, some argue that the death that brings him to jail is part of a vigilance act, revenge. Bazán Frías establishes friendships in his seclusion and manages to circumvent security, and ends up escaping.

As Bazan Frías’s spirit was supportive, his idea was to release his friends who were still in prison. Already released, and wanted by the police, he is caught in a bar. The only certainty you have about this bar is that it was located on Avenida Mate de Luna. Some argue that at the crossing Mate of Luna and Columbus, some that at the intersection Mate of Luna and Alem. The distance from either point to place of death is similar.

The death of Bazán Frías

Bazán Frías, being surprised, begins his escape, runs about 5 or 6 blocks until you reach the West Cemetery wall. Crossing it represented an opportunity to confuse the cops and take advantage of the constructions of the cemetery. Bazán Frías climbs the wall, but it is reaching by police bullets and falls dead in 1923.

A strong point in this story is that the previous relationship that Bazán Frías had had when he murdered a policeman was what decreed the end of the Robin – Dr. Hood. Bazán Frías would not have crossed the wall because, being above it, saw the soul of his victim and this stopped him. Giving the time necessary for The police arrive and end his life.

Bazán Frías was not a high-class type, he was not a distinguished, his remains rest in the North Cemetery. This place is known as the Cemetery of the Poor and, once dead, his image became legend.

Near the centenary

The Tucuman Robin Hood, just 100 years after his death, grows without limits. A film recently came out with the story of his life: Bazán Frías, a compliment to crime. For the people he has become a saint, his tomb receives offerings and promises. They leave you wines, cigarettes, letters, flowers and even school supplies or toys, these are for you to bless the children of those who have a need. The place of his death also has its space, outside the West Cemetery, the graveyard of the rich. On Calle Mendoza there is a small building where Bazán Frías receives his offerings, being that the place where he left normal life, to be popularly canonized by many Tucumans.

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