By Mark Ensalaco
"When the military comes out, it really is to kill."—Augusto Pinochet
Following his bloody September 1973 coup d'état that overthrew President Salvador Allende, Augusto Pinochet, commander-in-chief of the Chilean militia and nationwide Police, turned head of an army junta that may rule Chile for the following seventeen years. The violent repression utilized by the Pinochet regime to take care of energy and remodel the country's political profile and financial system has acquired much less recognition than the Argentine army dictatorship, even if the Pinochet regime continued two times as long.
In this first learn of Chile below Pinochet, Mark Ensalaco keeps that Pinochet used to be complicit within the "enforced disappearance" of hundreds of thousands of Chileans and an unknown variety of international nationals. Ensalaco spent 5 years in Chile investigating the effect of Pinochet's rule and interviewing individuals of the reality fee created to enquire the human rights violations below Pinochet. The political target of human rights businesses, Ensalaco contends, is to deliver adequate strain to endure on violent regimes to urge them to finish regulations of repression. in spite of the fact that, those efforts are significantly restricted by means of the disparities of strength among human rights firms and regimes motive on ruthlessly removing dissent.
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There are innumerable compelling stories of persons who had every reason to believe that harm would befall them if the military had caught up with them before they could make it to the safety of foreign embassies. Luis Maira, a Christian Democrat who had joined the Christian Left in the first year of the Popular Unity government, eluded An Invented War 31 capture and made his way to the Mexican embassy. Maira had been one of the drafters of the Statute of Guarantees, signed by Allende as a precondition for congressional confirmation of his presidential victory in 1970.
They were armed and had put up resistance. Indeed, sniper fire around Constitution Plaza had killed four soldiers. If there was any substance to the high command's worst fears - that a parallel army existed in Chile - then the men of Allende's security detail were its elite corps. The high command was not about to take the risk of affording these men the treatment required by the armed forces' own code of justice, much less the Geneva Conventions. Sometime on the twelfth, according to witnesses, the men of Allende's security detachment were transported by truck to the Tacna Regiment's post in Peldhue.
Pinochet: "We can't appear to be weak of character by accepting a period of discussions with these people, because we can't accept time-frames or discussions; [discussions] mean dialogue, they mean weakness .... Mr. Toha, Mr. Almeyda, all those filthy people who want to ruin the country, they should catch them, and that plane you have ready, Up! without clothes,just what they have! " The exchanges are revealing. They convey the hatred Pinochet and much of the officer corps had for members of the Popular Unity government.
Chile Under Pinochet: Recovering the Truth by Mark Ensalaco