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Military funeral held for Augusto Pinochet


A military college where former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet began his career is also where the final chapter of his life has been closed. His widow, Lucia Hiriat, their five children, relatives, friends and top military officers packed the grounds.

The socialist government chose not to give Pinochet a full state funeral. President Michelle Bachelet, who was herself subjected to torture during his regime, did not attend. Instead she sent Defence Minister Viviane Blanlot who was greeted with jeers by some attending the funeral.

Pinochet died at the age of 91 from heart failure on Sunday. The former leader still divides public opinion. For some he is a hero who saved the country from communism, for others he is a brutal murderer.

He had been accused of fraud and widespread human rights abuses but escaped trial due to poor health. During his 17-year rule some 3,000 people were killed in political violence, some 28,000 were tortured and hundreds of thousands of Chileans were forced into exile.

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