:: Ding Dong the Witch is Dead ::
Augusto Pinochet, the former dictator of Chile from 1973-1990 died yesterday (Dec.10) ,and he was a very very very "bad" witch. One, the United States supported by assisting him in his military coup to overthrow the government and taught all his nasty little tricks. Yeah, just a wonderful little dick-tator. Thank goodness that hideous excuse for a human being is dead, on International Human Rights Day no less. (Biography with his historical record before and after the coup.)
Gen. Augusto Pinochet, 91, the former Chilean dictator whose government murdered and tortured thousands during his repressive 17-year rule, died yesterday at a Santiago military hospital of complications from a heart attack, leaving incomplete numerous court cases that had sought to bring him to justice.
Pinochet assumed power on Sept. 11, 1973, in a bloody coup supported by the United States that toppled the elected government of Salvador Allende, a Marxist who had pledged to lead his country "down the democratic road to socialism."
First as head of a four-man military junta and then as president, Pinochet served until 1990, leaving a legacy of abuse that took successive governments years to catalogue. According to a government report that included testimony from more than 30,000 people, his government killed at least 3,197 people and tortured about 29,000. Two-thirds of the cases listed in the report happened in 1973.
An austere figure who claimed to be guided by "the spiritual force of God as a believer," Pinochet regarded himself as a soldier rather than a politician.
Among the crimes attributed to Pinochet during his reign were several high-profile murders that stretched beyond Chile's borders, many carried out by the Directorate of National Intelligence, or DINA, a fear-inspiring secret police agency that Pinochet organized in 1974.
All in the name of Democracy, we supported this horrible man over Communism.
Human Rights Education, including links on torture and various topics such as poverty and Human Rights Here & Now: Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.