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Pinochet supporters given chance to pay respects

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Pinochet supporters given chance to pay respects


The body of Chile’s former dictator Augusto Pinochet is on display at a military college near Santiago. He is not officially lying in state in a government building, as would normally be the case with a former leader. Public reaction to the 91-year-old’s death has highlighted division about what he represented: there are those who say he saved their country from communism; others blame him for murders, torture and human rights abuses.

Hundreds of people are expected to file past the coffin ahead of a funeral on Tuesday. The government has said there will be no official mourning period and Tuesday’s service will be a military one, not a full state funeral.

President Michelle Bachelet says she will not attend, but her Defence Minister will. Pinochet suffered a heart attack a week ago, and just when he appeared to be recovering, his health suddenly took a turn for the worse.

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