September 2, 1987
Suspected leftist rebels posing as water company workers kidnaped a Chilean army colonel, an expert in weapons production, at gunpoint in Santiago. A man who said he was a spokesman for an armed wing of the outlawed Communist Party claimed that the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front was responsible for the kidnaping of Col. Carlos Carreno. The Chilean army condemned the "cowardly act of Marxist subversion" and mounted a massive search. The abduction was similar to last year's seizure of Col.
September 12, 1988 |
Few incumbent presidents could hope to campaign with overall economic statistics as healthy as those proffered by Gen. Augusto Pinochet as he appeals to Chilean voters for another eight years in power. Economic growth is projected at 5.7% for 1988, the fifth positive year in a row. Unemployment is down, and exports are surging. Chile is one of the few Latin American nations that has actually reduced its foreign debt, and yearly inflation is lower than most neighboring countries' monthly rates.
September 12, 1992 |
A street disturbance erupted near Chile's government palace Friday as the country marked the 19th anniversary of a bloody military coup against Socialist President Salvador Allende, who died during the coup. Several hundred leftist demonstrators were protesting human rights violations during the 1973 coup and the ensuing 16 1/2 years of military rule. The clash between demonstrators and the police reflected the conflicting political passions that Sept.
June 6, 1990 |
Fifteen bound and bullet-riddled bodies were found in a mass grave near the fishing village of Pisagua, Chile, and officials said the site may yield 15 more bodies. The corpses are believed to be those of leftists rounded up and killed by troops after a 1973 right-wing coup. The former military regime ran a detention camp in Pisagua.
January 31, 1990 |
Forty-nine leftist guerrillas, including several accused of taking part in a bloody assassination attempt on military President Augusto Pinochet three years ago, made a daring breakout from a Santiago jail Tuesday. The guerrillas, all but one of them from the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front guerrilla group, escaped after tunneling 80 yards under the central city prison to come up inside an abandoned railway station.
September 25, 1987 |
Three armed men raided a Santiago radio station Thursday but failed to broadcast an anti-government message, the station's director said. Javier Miranda, director of Radio Viva FM, said the three called themselves members of the leftist Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front, which claimed responsibility for the unsuccessful attempt to kill President Augusto Pinochet a year ago. They tied up a guard and another employee at 6:30 a.m. and demanded that a text be broadcast.