September 11, 1987 |
As Gen. Augusto Pinochet marks the 14th anniversary today of his bloody rise to power, he faces a new challenge by an opposition alliance formed to try to defeat him at the polls. Pinochet, 71, also is facing a disruptive offensive by Communist urban guerrillas. The Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front has been holding a kidnaped army lieutenant colonel since Sept.
March 13, 1990 |
As President Patricio Aylwin proclaimed a new democratic dawn in Chile in his first speech Sunday from the front of the presidential palace, bands of angry leftist youths were hurling soft-drink bottles at police tear-gas vans behind the palace. It felt for a moment as if the dictatorship of the last 16 years were still intact, as if Aylwin had never wrested the presidency from Gen. Augusto Pinochet at the ballot box rather than at the barricades.
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.