Rival protests are being held in Chile’s capital forward of the fiftieth anniversary of a army coup that ousted President Salvador Allende.
Rival protests are being held in Chile’s capital forward of the fiftieth anniversary of a army coup that ousted the democratically-elected President Salvador Allende and introduced Basic Augusto Pinochet to energy.
“The crowds have been very very blended and so have their messages. It’s been a really violent day to date,” Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman, reporting from Santiago, mentioned on Sunday.
“It was mayhem,” she mentioned.
Greater than 3,200 individuals had been killed or “disappeared” – kidnapped and presumed killed – by Pinochet’s safety forces. About 38,000 had been tortured throughout his 17-year dictatorship. The final died of a coronary heart assault on December 10, 2006, aged 91. He was by no means tried in court docket.
Sunday’s march by way of the streets of the capital to the final cemetery that homes a memorial to the victims of Pinochet’s brutal regime, stopped briefly on the presidential palace, La Moneda, the place then-president Allende was overthrown on September 11, 1973.
Leftist President Gabriel Boric joined the procession of some 5,000 individuals, in line with the federal government – changing into the primary chief of Chile for the reason that finish of the dictatorship in 1990 to take action.
“When the leftist president, who has a coalition just like the one Allende had 50 years in the past, began to honour the previous president, individuals wearing black balaclavas got here throwing stones and virtually broke into the presidential palace,” Al Jazeera’s Newman mentioned.
Contained in the cemetery, some mausoleums had been broken, together with the tomb of a right-wing senator killed in 1991.
“These liable for this violence are adversaries of the federal government,” mentioned Deputy Inside Secretary Manuel Monsalve, including three law enforcement officials had been injured.
Three individuals had been arrested, authorities mentioned.
“We’re listening to that members of the Communist Social gathering and Socialist Social gathering are peacefully marching whereas others [who support Pinochet] are carrying rocks and Molotov cocktails,” the Al Jazeera correspondent mentioned.
“So, it’s changing into a day of not a peaceable march in homage to what occurred 50 years in the past to reject army coups, however fairly yet one more day of violence, sadly.”
The majority of the contributors, bearing Chilean flags and chanting slogans comparable to “Reality and justice now!” or “Allende lives!”, marched peacefully.
“September 11 is a date that fills us with reminiscences but in addition provides us some anguish, as a result of as a substitute of advancing, we have now regressed,” 76-year-old Patricia Garzon, a former political prisoner, instructed AFP alongside the route.
“With this march, we keep in mind that 1973 broke democracy in Chile, and now we proceed preventing to take care of and strengthen it,” added Luis Pontigo, 72, a retired trainer.
Within the morning, Boric inaugurated an exhibition devoted to Allende’s reminiscence at La Moneda, within the presence of the deceased Marxist chief’s relations.