Chileans mark 40 yrs of US-backed coup

Tens of thousands of Chileans marched to remember the victims of a US-backed coup that overthrew Chilean President Salvador Allende and brought General Augusto Pinochet to power forty years ago.

On Sunday, more than 60,000 Chileans marched to honor the 40,000 people killed, imprisoned or tortured by the military dictatorship of Pinochet after he toppled the socialist Allende on September 11, 1973.

Some of the marchers carried pictures of their relatives who were abducted or killed by the Pinochet regime and held signs with slogans such as “40 years after the coup, nobody and no one has been forgotten.”

The two-hour march ended at a cemetery with a memorial to the victims of the Pinochet regime.

“Forty years on, we are still demanding truth and justice. We won’t rest until we find out what happened to our loved ones who were arrested and went missing” never to return, said Lorena Pizarro, leader of a relatives’ rights group.

Pinochet died in 2006, aged 91, without ever having gone on trial for the atrocities he had committed under his dictatorship.

At the end of Sundayâ„¢s march, dozens of hooded protesters clashed with police. In response, police fired teargas and used water cannons to disperse them.

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Republished from: Press TV