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Anti-Pinochet rally runs parallel to the dictator's funeral

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Anti-Pinochet rally runs parallel to the dictator's funeral


As those attending the funeral of Augusto Pinochet paid their respects to the late dictator, thousands gathered elsewhere to pay hommage to Salvador Allende, the man Pinochet overthrew. They stood before a statue of Allende, killed in the 1973 coup.

For opponents of the Pinochet regime, it’s been a day of mixed emotion.

“We feel a certain amount of happiness but at the same time, we are determined to keep fighting for truth and justice in this country,” said one man in Santiago.

Earlier in the day a vigil was held outside the Presidential Palace. Crowds brandished posters calling Pinochet a thief and a criminal, promising that he will not escape justice.

The streets were much calmer than they had been the night before. Angry protesters had tried to march on the Palace. Police tried to stop them, resulting in clashes that left 43 officers injured and saw about 100 demonstraters arrested.

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