October 8, 1988 |
When voters in Chile chose the uncertainties of democracy over a continuation of strongman rule by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, they started a drawn out process that will provide a severe test for the patience and skill of the next U.S. president. The Reagan Administration has maintained steady pressure on Chile to hold free and fair elections, and American officials immediately hailed Wednesday's plebiscite, in which voters rejected Pinochet's bid for eight more years as president, as just that.
October 4, 1988 |
The State Department said Monday it has told Chilean President Augusto Pinochet's government of its serious concern that he may cancel the vote on whether he should stay in power until 1997. "We have heard reports that the Chilean government has plans to cancel Wednesday's plebiscite or to nullify the result," spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley told reporters. "We view them with serious concern.
August 26, 1988 |
The State Department on Thursday praised the lifting of restrictions on civil liberties in Chile and expressed hope that the action will lead to additional steps that will allow "the full and free expression of popular will."
September 12, 1987 |
President Augusto Pinochet responded Friday with harsh defiance to the ransom demands of Communist guerrillas who are holding an army lieutenant colonel. Calling the guerrillas terrorists and cowards, Pinochet declared: "To stop them, one cannot act with consideration. A tough hand is needed, the toughest possible." The 71-year-old general spoke in a ceremony marking the 14th anniversary of the 1973 coup that brought him to power.
February 4, 1987 |
In a move that may further strain U.S.-Chilean relations, a former Chilean secret police captain has turned himself over to U.S. authorities and agreed to cooperate in the investigation of the 1976 Embassy Row murder of exiled Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier, The Times learned Tuesday. Capt.