July 10, 1997 |
The demons of memory stalked Pedro Alejandro Matta from the Mack truck assembly line in Hayward to the streets where he worked as a private detective to his bungalow in a San Francisco suburb. There was no escape from Villa Grimaldi. When the Chilean refugee closed his eyes, he was back in the concentration camp on the outskirts of Santiago, an elegant 19th century estate converted into the dictatorship's biggest clandestine detention center.
February 26, 1987
A Chilean army commander, whose troops allegedly burned to death a U.S. resident last summer, was forced to resign because he failed to inform his superiors about the incident, an army statement said. Col. Rene Munoz Bruce's regiment allegedly attacked Rodrigo Rojas, 19, of Washington, D.C., and Carmen Quintana, a Chilean national, during anti-government demonstrations July 2, 1986, in Santiago. Witnesses said Munoz's troops poured a flammable liquid on Rojas and Quintana and set them afire.
October 7, 1999 |
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in an impassioned plea for the release of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, declared Wednesday that the former Chilean dictator is on trial "for defeating communism." "Make no mistake, revenge by the left, not justice for the victim, is what the Pinochet case is all about," she told a packed rally held in conjunction with the Conservative Party's annual conference.
October 11, 1990 |
Some of the pop world's most acclaimed artists will gather here Friday to sing Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up," kicking off Amnesty International's latest consciousness-raising concert. The setting for the two-day event--which will feature Sting, Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne, Sinead O'Connor and New Kids on the Block, among others--will be the National Stadium, a powerful symbol of Chile's sad record of human rights violations.
May 1, 1999 |
Nine years after democracy returned to Chile, state terrorism is a fading memory and people no longer disappear. Books, however, are another story. On April 13, author Alejandra Matus launched a new investigative work, "The Black Book of Chilean Justice," at a reception in Santiago. The next morning, police detectives showed up at the Planeta publishing house and at bookstores around the city.
November 15, 1987 |
By day, Juan Pablo Cardenas edits a weekly magazine that openly opposes the military government of President Augusto Pinochet. By night, Cardenas sleeps behind bars, serving out a prison sentence for defamation of the president. Cardenas and other editors say a hardening of government policy and tougher prosecution under a growing array of restrictive laws are adding new risks to the free practice of journalism in Chile.