Tuesday, May 27, 2008

100 Pinochet Soldiers/Police Detained

SANTIAGO, CHILE — Nearly 100 former soldiers and secret police members from Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship were ordered detained Monday in the biggest mass arrest of suspects in abuses during the period, judicial sources said.

Investigating Judge Victor Montiglio ordered the detentions in an inquiry into the kidnapping and killing of 42 people during Operation Colombo early in the 1973-90 dictatorship, during which 119 Pinochet opponents died. Many of the dead were leftists.

Some of those ordered held Monday worked for Pinochet's Directorate of National Intelligence, or DINA, which ran torture centers where hundreds of people were killed or "disappeared" during one of the darkest periods of contemporary Latin American history. - Los Angeles Times
Recap of what happened: Pinochet installed Milton Friedman esque capitalism in Chile after many years of socialist rule. Chaos resulted.

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