Chilean Leftists Protest, Call for Prosecution of Pinochet
- With marches and calls to prosecute Pinochet, Chilean leftists protest
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- More than 4,000 Chileans marched in a
downpour Sunday to recall the 27th anniversary of the bloody
coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, shouting slogans and
demanding trial for the former dictator.
Cold weather and a steady rain did not dampen the protest as
leftists, human rights activists and families of those who
fell victim to the past dictatorship marched with banners
demanding his prosecution. Police said between 4,000 and
5,000 people took part.
Amid a heavy police presence along the route, no violence was
reported as the demonstrators walked some 4 kilometers (2 1/2
miles) from downtown Santiago to the cemetery where Salvador
Allende is buried.
Allende, the former Marxist president, committed suicide
September 11, 1973, the day of the Pinochet-led coup in his
presidential palace. The coup opened the way for 16 1/2
years of iron-fisted rule. An official report after Pinochet
left power in 1990 said 3,197 people died or disappeared under
his right-wing military regime.
In other activities recalling the anniversary, socialist
President Ricardo Lagos attended a Roman Catholic Mass in the
chapel at the presidential palace, La Moneda, to remember
Allende. He was joined by Allende's widow, Hortensia Bussi,
cabinet ministers and others.
Following the service, Interior Minister Jose Miguel Insulza,
a socialist, said he saw no signs of remorse from Pinochet,
adding he had never seen the former strongman "shed a tear"
for any of the abuses committed under his rule.
Pinochet and leaders of the armed forces have said all along
that there has never been any reason to ask forgiveness for
what occurred. The former dictator has said he was fighting
to save Chile from chaos when he took power.
During the day, Sen. Ricardo Nunez and other fellow socialists
gathered on the side of the presidential palace at the exact
site where Allende's body was removed 27 years ago, after the
committed suicide rather than surrender to the coup leaders
who had bombarded the palace.
Currently, Pinochet is mired in legal battles at home, stripped
of the immunity from prosecution he had once enjoyed as a senator-
for-life. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court, by a 14-6 vote,
upheld a lower court decision that could pave the way a Pinochet
Some 170 criminal complaints have been filed against Pinochet
and are now being investigated by a federal prosecutor, Judge
Among those cases, opponents of the former dictator want to try
Pinochet in connection with the October 1973 disappearances of
19 dissidents who were plucked from their jail cells shortly
after the coup and never seen again.
That month, a group of military offices traveled the country by
helicopter, and reports said they summarily executed dozens of
political prisoners, including the 19 whose bodies were never
Myrella Garcia, who belongs to a group of families whose relatives
disappeared under the dictatorship, said this anniversary still
"fills us with pain."
But in apparent allusion to Pinochet's legal battles, she said
"this year there is more hope and joy."
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