12/11/2006

Death of a Dictator

I see that former dictator General Augusto Pinochet is dead. He led the military junta to power in 1973 through a coup d'état, deposing the democratically elected President Salvador Allende.



He was the declared president of the Republic of Chile from 1974 to 1990 and was a close firend and ally of Tory despot Margaret Thatcher.

Hugo Gutierrez, a human rights lawyer involved in several lawsuits against Pinochet, lamented that “this criminal has departed without ever being sentenced for all the acts he was responsible for during his dictatorship”.

Chile’s government says at least 3,197 people were killed for political reasons during his rule.

Pinochet’s son, Marco Antonio, has said that his father asked to be cremated to avoid desecration of his tomb by “people who always hated him”.

It is hard to believe that this man is to get a military funeral, that said the flames at his cremation will quite possibly be a precursor for his afterlife.

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