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Agony of Chile’s dark days continues as murdered poet’s wife fights for justice

Move made to extradite alleged killer of Victor Jara from United States, 40 years after bloody coup When Joan Jara went to identify the body of her husband, Victor, she found it riddled with 44 bullets and dumped among a pile of corpses in the Santiago morgue. The poet’s wrists…

Legacy of Pinochet questioned 40 years after coup

Forty years after the coup that toppled Salvador Allende and brought the dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, Chile remains a country ill at ease with itself. Life is very good by Latin American standards. The roads are spiffy and shopping centers are shiny, things work and poverty is greatly reduced.…

Torture survivor leads Chileans’ battle for justice over Pinochet abuses

Leopoldo García Lucero carries a disfiguring zigzag scar above his left eye where a police officer lacerated his face with the stock of a machine gun. The injury was inflicted nearly 40 years ago in the blood-stained basement of a Santiago police station during the military coup in Chile that…

Work gets underway exhuming poet Pablo Neruda’s remains

AFP – Experts on Sunday started work on opening the tomb of Chilean Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda, to uncover his remains and determine if he died of cancer or was poisoned. The leftist author, who died 12 days after the 1973 military coup that ousted socialist president Salvador…

Poet Pablo Neruda’s body to be exhumed on April 8

The remains of Chilean Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed Monday to determine if he died of cancer or was poisoned, according to the judge on the case. The leftist, who died 12 days after the 1973 military coup that ousted socialist president Salvador Allende and brought…

Body of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda to be exhumed in April to determine if he was poisoned by Pinochet’s agents

The remains of Chilean Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed on April 8 to determine if he died of cancer or was poisoned, a judicial source told AFP. The leftist, who died 12 days after the 1973 military coup that ousted socialist president Salvador Allende and brought…

50 arrested as Chile education protest turn violent

SANTIAGO — At least 50 people were arrested in the Chilean capital Thursday amid clashes with police during a student demonstration over the quality and cost of higher education. The demo involving some 5,000 protesters also saw three policemen hurt, one of them seriously, in the hours-long clashes, police said.…

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