Protests ahead of Chile's coup anniversary; 189 arrested

Violence erupted at demonstrations held in Santiago ahead of the 34th anniversary of the bloody coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power, leading to 189 arrests.

Protests ahead of Chile's coup anniversary; 189 arrested
Violence erupted at demonstrations held in Santiago ahead of the 34th anniversary of the bloody coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power, leading to 189 arrests.

About 5,000 protesters marched Sunday from downtown Santiago to the central cemetery in memory of the victims of Chile's 17-year military dictatorship.

The first clashes with police came near the presidential palace as a small group of protesters sought to break through barricades around the building.

At the cemetery, hooded demonstrators began throwing stones at police, who responded with water canon and tear gas, leading to an hour of clashes.

A police officer was also injured in the protests two days before the coup anniversary, La Tercera newspaper reported, citing authorities.

Pinochet took power September 11, 1973, when the military overthrew the elected Socialist president Salvador Allende. By the time Chile returned to democracy in 1990, more than 3,000 people had been killed and 50,000 tortured by Pinochet's regime.

Numerous charges were filed against the general for human rights abuses, but Pinochet fought the legal proceedings. He died in December at the age of 91 without ever being tried.

DPA
Last Mod: 10 Eylül 2007, 15:39
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