CIA-Pinochet dictatorship collusion investigation demanded

This is a video about the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

US to ‘consider’ letting Chilean judges see CIA Pinochet files

Tuesday 22 March 2011

by Our Foreign Desk

US President Barack Obama pledged on Monday to “consider” helping Chile win justice for the thousands of its citizens who were murdered or tortured by General Augusto Pinochet‘s US-backed dictatorship.

But Mr Obama avoided saying sorry for Washington’s meddling in the country’s internal affairs.

At a joint news conference with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Santiago a reporter asked Mr Obama if he would share classified CIA documents with Chilean judges investigating the deaths of former presidents Salvador Allende and Eduardo Frei Montalva as well as thousands of other opponents of the fascistic regime.

The reporter also asked Mr Obama if he would apologise for the US campaign, orchestrated by the Central Intelligence Agency under orders from then president Richard Nixon, that destabilised Chile and facilitated the 1973 military coup that ousted Mr Allende’s socialist administration.

Mr Obama said his government would “certainly consider and we would like to co-operate” with Chile on the matter.

“The history of relations between the United States and Latin America has at times been extremely rocky,” he said, before insisting that “Chile’s extraordinary progress in the past two decades has been fully supported by the United States.”

The entire centrist coalition in Chile’s lower house signed an open letter to Mr Obama asking for an apology as well as co-operation in sharing uncensored versions of 25,000 declassified US documents on the 1973-90 Pinochet dictatorship.

Chile’s truth commission has determined that 3,065 leftwingers and other opponents of the regime were murdered by its security apparatus.

Chilean judges are still pursuing criminal investigations into nearly a third of those killings, including those of the two former presidents.

See also here.

31st Anniv. of Slain Salvadoran Archbishop Romero Evokes Legacy of US-Backed Crimes on Obama’s Tour: here.

CIA Psychologist’s Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush’s Torture Program: here.

Chile Approves HidroAysen Dam Project In Wild Patagonia Despite Major Opposition: here.

68 thoughts on “CIA-Pinochet dictatorship collusion investigation demanded

  1. Family of late President Salvador Allende asks Chilean judge to exhume body for new autopsy

    By: The Associated Press

    Posted: 04/12/2011 4:34 PM

    SANTIAGO, Chile – Relatives of the late Chilean President Salvador Allende have asked a judge to exhume his body in a renewed inquiry into his death.

    The socialist leader is believed to have committed suicide rather than surrender in a 1973 military coup against him. The military performed an autopsy at the time and gave his widow the body in a sealed casket.

    Now an independent judge is leading an investigation into Allende’s death and that of hundreds of other supporters during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

    Sen. Isabel Allende is the late president’s daughter. She said that both the family and the judge believe a new autopsy is essential to a full investigation.


  2. Allende exhumed for killing probe

    CHILE: The remains of former president Salvador Allende were exhumed on Monday to determine whether he killed himself or was assassinated during the 1973 US-backed military coup that ousted the socialist leader.

    An international team of forensic experts have been asked to study the remains by Mr Allende’s family and investigative judge Mario Carroza, who ordered the review after discrepancies were found between police and military reports on his alleged suicide.

    Experts hope bone fragments will show how many weapons were involved in his death.

    After the coup General Augusto Pinochet set up a 17-year dictatorship in which thousands of suspected socialists and communists were kidnapped, tortured and killed.


  3. Police smash up Santiago protest

    Chile: Riot police used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest by 7,000 students and striking copper miners in Santiago on Wednesday.

    High school and university students have been protesting for days over free public transport passes and investment in state education.

    The students were joined by miners who went on strike last month to demand that state-owned firm Codelco boost pay and benefits in light of record-high global copper prices.


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