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Thousands march for rights in Chile 40 years on from coup

09/09/13 09:26 CET

Thousands of Chilean people have taken part in a march for human rights to mark the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power.

The protest was aimed at remembering that thousands of people were abducted or killed by the state, and the fate of many remains unknown.

Alicia Lira, president of Families of Executed Politicians said: “It’s been 40 years since the military coup and the issue of human rights, the violations during the dictatorship are still ongoing.

For 40 years, we’re continuing the search for those who were arrested, who disappeared, 
those executed without trace. Why don’t they tell the truth and break their pact of silence?”

After a two-hour march, trouble broke out as demonstrators clashed with police who used tear-gas and water cannons.

Pinochet died in 2006 without ever having gone on trial.

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