Monteta Filo massacre
|Date||May 4, 1953|
|Motive||Revenge killings of partisans and civilians 'harboring' them|
|Target||The town of Monteta Filo|
|Participants|| Section K2|
In the afternoon hours of March 4th, a group of partisans fired on a convoy carrying food and munitions. The raid was a relative success, and antimaterial rifles disabled two vehicles, and forced the convoy to retreat to a depo far from Paragon. While the convoy's vehicles were repaired, Sections K2 and K3 attempted to pursue the partisans into the countryside. When they came to the town of Monteta Filo, soldiers began a sweep of the residences for partisans. Under the command of infamously undiplomatic Lieutenant Colonel Vilhelmo Mateo, the situation with the locals quickly went from one of mild hostility to blows and other violence.
By nightfall, over half the citizenry had fled. Those who remained behind were sentenced to death by military tribunals set up by K2. On completion of a trial, a family would be killed. Usually these were under the pretense of 'providing aid to the enemy', 'traitorous acts', and 'general malfeasance'. While K2 conducted the majority of the killings, section K3 systematically leveled the area through a combination of explosives and brute force.
On March 5th, no original occupant remained in the town, and damage to structures was so severe that railcarts on the aging rail line into the town had to be used to ship temporary tents to the troops.
The Stratocratic Authority does not technically deny that the massacre occurred, but maintains that only Theocratic combatants had been executed, and promotes the unfounded theory that partisans destroyed the town as part of a burnt soil strategy. However, after 1965, a publication ban was put in place on any material relating to the event.
No charges against Vilhelmo Mateo or his soldiers have ever been prosecuted.