By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 06/07/2011 - 08:59
Chile is clearly a country not afraid to look the ghosts of its past in the face, ordering the investigation of the deaths of two of the country’s biggest national leftist symbols: Former President Salvador Allende and Poet Pablo Neruda. The investigations are part of the Supreme Court’s effort to investigate all human rights violations committed during the rule of General Augusto Pinochet. They are but two of hundreds of cases of desaparecidos (the disappeared) being looked into.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/17/2008 - 12:57
In 1973, Augusto Pinochet overthrew the government in Chile through a USA backed a military coup. Shortly thereafter, he formed a military committee nicknamed Caravan of Death. For years, these men, led by Gen Sergio Arellano Stark, traveled across the country eliminating anyone they saw as a threat to Pinochet's rule, mostly left-leaning activists or vocal opponents of the new dictatorship.