Demonstrators holding posters with the portraits of missing or killed relatives stand a protest in front of the Caupolican Theatre, June 10. Police used tear gas and water cannons to try to disperse hundreds of anti-Pinochet demonstrators against the documentary about the run-up to his dictatorship years and casting him as a national hero who saved Chile from communism and who died victimized by leftists who accused him of embezzlement and human rights crimes.
Gen. Pinochet led a coup against the democratically-elected Marxist president of Chile, Salvador Allende, on 11 September 1973 and only left power in 1990. The Chilean government estimates that more than 3,000 people were killed during the Pinochet years, included those whose bodies have not been found. Thousands more were tortured, arrested or forced into exile during his rule.
[Credit : Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images]
Human rights activists, protesting against supporters of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and a Pinochet documentary film, are arrested, while supporters attend the film’s launch inside a theatre in Santiago June 10, 2012. The film celebrates Pinochet’s work when he was Chile’s dictator. During Pinochet’s dictatorship several leftist opponents were kidnapped and disappeared from 1973 to 1990, according to local media.
[Credit : Carlos Vera/Reuters]