Monday, June 11, 2012

Chilean police clash with anti-Pinochet demonstrators


                 Police in Chile used tear gas and water cannon to try to break up the protest in Santiago

news source BBC:
Hundreds of demonstrators in Chile have clashed with the police after the screening of a documentary praising the former military government of General Augusto Pinochet.
The mayor of the capital, Santiago, Pablo Zalaquett, said police were attacked in several areas of the city centre.
He said there was extensive damage to property.
Earlier police used tear gas and water cannon to break up the demonstration.
The screening has pitted supporters of the late general, who claim the right to free speech, against relatives of victims of his regime, who are outraged at the tone of the documentary.
The mayor said hundreds of anti-Pinochet demonstrators organised in groups continued to launch "coordinated attacks" in the centre of Santiago hours after the screening at the Caupolican theatre.
"As I said before, I would prefer the event not to have taken place because we all knew what was going to happen," Mr Zalaquett told CNN.
"Chile needs to look forward. We are tired. Many people say they are out there to defend human rights, but they just come to destroy and loot."
General Pinochet led a coup against the democratically-elected Marxist president of Chile, Salvador Allende, on 11 September 1973 and only left power in 1990.
The Chilean government estimates that more than 3,000 people were killed during the Pinochet years, included those whose bodies have not been found.
Thousands more were tortured, arrested or forced into exile during his rule.

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