Chile: 8 former military officers charged in Murder of Victor Jara
- SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) � Eight former army lieutenants have been charged in
the killing of communist singer and songwriter Victor Jara almost four
Appellate Court Magistrate Miguel Vazquez *also ordered the arrest of Hugo
Sanchez Marmonti and Pedro Barrientos Nunez, who lives in the U.S. state of
Florida*, as the authors of the killing, and the other six former military
officials as accomplices. All have been detained except Barrientos, who is
expected to undergo extradition proceedings.
Jara was detained along with many others at Chile�s State Technical
University the day after the Sept. 11, 1972 coup that toppled President
Salvador Allende. His body was found several days later, riddled with
bullets and bearing signs of torture. The killing transformed Jara into a
symbol of struggle against Latin America�s military right-wing
VICTOR JARA'S LAST POEM
Written in a concentration camp, memorized, and smuggled out by other
political prisoners by Chilean poet Victor Jara shortly before he was
murdered on September 17, 1973.
We are five thousand
Confined in this little part of town
We are five thousand
How many of us are there throughout the country?
Such a large portion of humanity
With hunger, cold, horror and pain
Six among us have already been lost
And have joined the stars in the sky.
One killed, another beaten
As I never imagined a human being
could be beaten
The other four just wanted to put an end
To their fears
One by jumping down to his death
The other smashing his head against a wall
But all of them
Looking straight into the eyes of death.
We are ten thousand hands
That can no longer work
How many of us are there
Throughout the country?
The blood shed by our comrade President
Has more power than bombs and machine guns
With that same strength our collective fist
Will strike again some day.
Song, How imperfect you are!
When I most need to sing, I cannot
I cannot because I am still alive
I cannot because I am dying
It terrifies me to find myself
Lost in infinite moments
On which silence and shouts
Are the objectives of my song
What I now see, I have never seen
What I feel and what I have felt
Will make the moment spring again.
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