Followers of the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinocher published two obituaries in the country’s leading newspaper expressing their condolences on the death of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whom they describe as “an extraordinary stateswoman” and friend of Chile “in very difficult moments in recent history”
The two obituaries published in El Mercurio, one is signed by the President Pinochet Foundation and the second by the board from the foundation are full of praise for Lady Thatcher and extend their condolence to the Thatcher family and the British government and people.
Thatcher and Pinochet had a cordial and close relation since Chile gave valuable information and intelligence support to the British Task Force sent to recover the Falkland Islands invaded by the Argentine military Junta in 1982, and which the British leader acknowledged publicly on several occasions.
While Pinochet remained retained in London, from October 1998 to March 2000, he was visited at his house by Lady Thatcher who also praised him for having returned democracy to Chile and for the free enterprise economic policies he implanted in Chile during his regime.
She also supported Pinochet and his role as a close reliable friend of the UK with interviews and statements in the British media.
“An extraordinary Stateswoman and former UK Prime Minister, Mrs Margaret Thatcher has died in London (RIP). She was a great world leader with a decisive participation in the fall of the Berlin Wall and ending the Cold War”, points out the obituary in El Mercurio signed by the President Pinochet foundation.
“Our condolences to her family, the Government and the all the British People”.
The other obituary from the board of the foundation reads, “today we recall with great sorrow the death of the former UK Prime Minister, Lady Margaret Thatcher (RIP) who with great fortitude, very much with her personality defended the jurisdictional sovereignty of Chile in very difficult moments of our recent history”.
“All our standing affection for her family, the Government and the British people”.