11 Dec 2006

Death of a Dictator

Chile's former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died in hospital aged 91. He had been thought to be recovering after a heart attack a week ago.
Gen Pinochet came to power in a 1973 coup. His 17-year rule saw more than 3,000 people killed or "disappeared".

He was accused of dozens of human rights abuses as well as fraud, but never faced trial due to poor health.
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The bloody coup, in which Allende was assassinated, was carefully managed by the CIA and ITT, according to the Church Committee report. Tens of thousands of Chileans have been tortured, killed, and exiled since then, according to Amnesty International. A U.S. congressional delegation was told by inmates at San Miguel Prison that they had been tortured by "the application of electric shock, simultaneous blows to the ears, cigarette burns, and simulated executions by firing squads." Despite Chile's bad human rights record, the U.S. government continued to support Pinochet with international loans.
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