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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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  • 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]
    March 02, 2000 | 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]
    January 19, 2000 | 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...
    October 08, 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.
    September 28, 1999 | Story
  • 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.
    September 20, 1999 | Story
  • Britain’s House of Lords today decided the fate of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who now faces extradition to Spain on charges of genocide, torture and murder. He was arrested last October 16 in London while undergoing minor back surgery, and has been held there pending a final decision on his legal status. Judge Baltasar Garzon of Spain issued the international arrest warrant, and is seeking to try him for brutal human...
    March 24, 1999 | Story
  • Twenty-five years ago, on September 16, 1973, the legendary Chilean folk singer Victor Jara was executed at the National Stadium (Estadio Chile) in Santiago, Chile. He had endured days of torture in the very stadium he had performed in dozens of times before. Victor Jara’s execution came as the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende had just been overthrown in a CIA-backed military coup that would soon bring the brutal...
    December 25, 1998 | Story
  • The Spanish judge seeking the extradition of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet formally charged the ex-dictator today with crimes against humanity and asked for a freeze on his assets worldwide.
    December 10, 1998 | Story
  • Among the thousands of victims of the regime of Augusto Pinochet, there were at least three American citizens killed. Ronnie Moffit was a research assistant to Orlando Letelier, the former Foreign Minister of Chile — she and Letelier were blown up in Washington, D.C. by Pinochet’s secret police. There were also two Americans who were executed by the Chilean military days after the 1973 coup: a U.S. writer and film maker named...
    December 10, 1998 | Story
  • Over 1,000 Chilean exiles marched yesterday through the streets of Barcelona, Spain, in support of the extradition of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to face charges of genocide, torture and terrorism. Spain’s high court judge Baltasar Garzon issued an international arrest warrant last Saturday against Pinochet, and has since widened his charges to include the disappearance and killing of the 94 people that were abducted from...
    October 21, 1998 | Story