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Mural marks 40th anniversary of death of Chilean folk singer


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Mural marks 40th anniversary of death of Chilean folk singer

Volunteers in the Chilean capital Santiago are creating a mural to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of singer-songwriter Victor Jara.

The body of the Communist Party member was found days after the 1973 military coup that launched the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

An inquest ruled that he had been executed, receiving 44 gunshot wounds. His body also showed signs of torture.

The killing transformed Jara into a symbol of struggle against Latin America’s military right-wing dictatorships.

Eight former Chilean army lieutenants were charged in connection with his killing in December 2012.