1973 Chilean Coup Topics


Democracy Now! coverage related to the U.S.-backed military coup in Chile on September 11, 1973, that led to the overthrow of President Salvador Allende and brought Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power. His regime murdered and tortured thousands during his repressive 17-year rule.

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  • Chile has temporarily recalled its ambassador to Spain today to express its displeasure over Spain’s refusal to let an arbitration panel decide the fate of former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
    Sep 20, 1999 | Story
  • As Chile vowed to take Spain to the World Court over its attempt to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the general’s lawyers told a British magistrate today that there is no evidence against him.
    Sep 28, 1999 | Story
  • Last September 16th was the 25th anniversary of the death of legendary Chilean protest singer Victor Jara, who was tortured and killed by the Chilean military days after the coup. Jara had been arrested on the day of the coup and taken to the massive stadium in Santiago known as the Estadio Chile with thousands of other political detainees. He was killed in or near the stadium, and his body was dumped on the street. His widow Joan Jara, who...
    Oct 08, 1999 | Story
  • A Chilean plane is flying to Britain today in anticipation of the possible — some say imminent — release of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from house arrest, where he has remained since October of 1998. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 19, 2000 | Story
  • The decision on whether to free former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is no longer up in the air — but he is. Pinochet is now a free man, flying to Chile aboard a military plane just hours after Britain dropped extradition proceedings against him. Spain, France and Switzerland were among the countries seeking his extradition to try him on charges of torture and other human rights abuses. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 02, 2000 | Story
  • An appellate court in Santiago, Chile yesterday stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet, Chile’s former president, of his immunity from prosecution. Following the 13-9 vote, hundreds of people marched through the streets of Santiago. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 06, 2000 | Story
  • The Chilean Supreme Court stripped former dictator Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution this week, in a decision that dealt the beleaguered senator-for-life his worst defeat ever in his homeland. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 11, 2000 | Story
  • Two years after his original arrest in London on charges of murder, torture and other crimes against humanity, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was re-arrested Friday in Chile, this time on charges of kidnapping and murder during his brutal 17-year rule.
    Dec 04, 2000 | Story
  • Detectives and police paid a visit to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Monday night at the Ritz Hotel inParis. In a summons translated aloud by the hotel manager, they asked if Kissinger would help judge Roger Le Loirewith his investigation of the murder of five French youths by the Pinochet regime in Chile in the 1970s. Kissingerignored the summons, saying later that he was too busy.
    Jun 01, 2001 | Story
  • The family of Chilean military Commander Rene Schneider, who was killed thirty-one years ago during a botched kidnapping by rightwing coup plotters supported by the US, filed a lawsuit yesterday in a US federal court. The lawsuit accuses former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former CIA Chief Richard Helms, among others, of involvement in covert operations that led to Schneider’s assassination. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 11, 2001 | Story