Riots and looting were reported Sunday in Santiago during demonstrations marking another anniversary of the coup d'état that in 1973 toppled then-President Salvador Allende and started the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet which lasted until 1990.
Quoting Salvador Allende and with a message for Latin American leaders to work together, Gabriel Boric Font addressed the people in his first speech as head of state from the iconic balcony of the Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago, Chile. At age 36, Boric was sworn in Friday as Chile's youngest ever President during e ceremony many regarded as the beginning of a new era.
A veteran Chilean politician who among other appointments was Minister of Mines under the deposed Socialist government of Salvador Allende in 1973, and later held other ministerial responsibilities following the return of democracy in 1990, strongly criticized the initiative to again nationalize the mining companies which operate in Chile, as proposed in the Constitutional Convention drafting a new constitution.
Some eleven people were arrested in Chile following the rioting and looting in Santiago on the 48th anniversary of the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet that in September 1973 overthrew the government of democratically elected Socialist president Salvador Allende.
Australia was involved in espionage operations in Chile during the seventies, in support of the United States CIA agency activities conspiring against the democratically elected government of Socialist Salvador Allende, ousted by the military 48 years ago.
Chilean police said that on Saturday that more than 100 people were arrested after clashes marking the 47th anniversary of the coup d'etat that overthrew the populist leftist government of Salvador Allende.
Chile's President Sebastián Piñera Tuesday said both his predecessors Salvador Allende and Augusto Pinochet belong in the wax museum in the Las Condes area in Santiago.
Chile's Speaker of the House of Deputies Maya Fernández-Allende has agreed to hold a special session during the second week of January with Mapuche leaders to discuss as violence in La Araucanía and the murder of Camilo Catrillanca, it was announced.
A Chilean judge on Friday convicted the country's former army chief for complicity in the deaths of 15 people during the early days of Augusto Pinochet's military regime. Juan Emilio Cheyre, 70, was sentenced to three years and a day under house arrest following an enquiry by an investigating magistrate.
The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, has said that at the time of the overthrow of the Salvador Allende government in 1973, Chilean democracy was sick and that the crisis of the country was unsustainable.