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Argentine Bishop Federico Pagura Speaks On Pinochet Abuses

September 21, 1999

Angry supporters of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet staged a demonstration yesterday during an Independence Day military parade in Santiago, demanding that Britain release the general.

Nearly 10,000 soldiers participated in the parade, the main celebration of the 189th anniversary of Chile’s independence from Spain. One of the armed vehicles was named in Pinochet’s honor.

This comes as Chile and Spain hold talks in New York over the fate of Pinochet, who has been under house arrest in Britain while the Spanish government seeks his extradition to Madrid to face charges of murder and genocide committed under his brutal 17-year rule. Chile has temporarily recalled its ambassador to Spain to express its displeasure over Spain’s refusal to let an arbitration panel decide the fate of former Chilean dictator.

Yesterday we brought you the first part of an interview with Bishop Federico Pagura, retired bishop of the Methodist Church of Argentina and co-president of the World Council of Churches. He was bishop during the time of Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship, when Argentina and other military dictatorships conspired with Pinochet’s regime to eliminate dissidents and political opponents. Today we bring you part two of the interview.


  • Bishop Federico Pagura, retired bishop of the Methodist Church of Argentina. Currently, he is co-president of the World Council of Churches. The following interview took place in Seattle in July during the UNITY 99 journalists of color conference. The Bishop had much to say about Pinochet and repression in Latin America.

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