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Chile Finally Has an Opportunity to Bury Pinochet’s Legacy.

Jorge Peña Hen used a burnt match to write 10 bars of a melody in solitary confinement, shortly before his execution at the hands of the Pinochet dictatorship. Music scholar @kchornik  shares the story of the composer. #protestmusic 

Music is a very human activity. People in even in the most horrible conditions still make music, and the most common thing is to sing.” @kchornik  on why people turned to music in Pinochet's detention centres. #protestmusic 

The Piñera government’s response to the recent mass protests has laid bare the enduring legacies of the Pinochet era. @JeromeRoos  on Chile's unrest.

“We are the new generation." Students have been at the heart of Chile's mass protests movements that have taken place since the end of the Pinochet dictatorship

Many of the protest songs filling the streets of Chile today date back to the Pinochet dictatorship of the 70s and 80s. Music scholar @kchornik  talks about the resonances between then and now:

Music scholar Katia Chornik -- a classically trained violinist whose parents did time as political prisoners in Chile, discusses the songs that have inspired Chileans from the days of the Pinochet dictatorship to the protests roiling the country today.

The ghost of Pinochet continues to haunt Chile – not least in the figure of Piñera, one of the richest men on the continent. @JeromeRoos  on Chile's unrest.

Keep in mind I'm using "liberal" in the Latin American sense, meaning a primary emphasis on free markets. Finance Minister `Paulo Guedes, who lived in Chile under Pinochet, was never shy about his admiration for that system

Music is a very human activity. People in even in the most horrible conditions still make music, and the most common thing is to sing.” @kchornik  on why people turned to music in Pinochet's detention centres. #protestmusic 

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Twenty years ago I was proud to join the campaign to extradite Pinochet for his crimes against the people of Chile. Today I am in Geneva meeting Michelle Bachelet who was imprisoned and tortured by Pinochet's regime. She later became the first woman President of Chile.

Today marked 20 years since General AugustoPinochet’s arrest in London. This copper plate is one of my most valued possessions. It was given to me on a visit to Chile in 2000 in honour of the work we did in Britain to try to extradite Pinochet.

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#Chile says NO to a tradition of neoliberal politics with roots in the dictatorship of Pinochet'>Augusto Pinochet. #ChileViolatesHumanRightsV #ChileSomosTodos#SebastianPi ñeraolatesHumanRights SomosTodos

My feed is filled with horrific images like this coming from #Chile : tanks rolling, police opening fire... I cannot verify each report but it's clear that what is happening has not been seen since the dark days of the Pinochet dictatorship. And ppl are begging for world media

Mark Weisbrot's and Jeffrey Sachs's shocking report that the US embargo on Venezuela has killed 40,000 people has almost no media pick up. No surprise; but consider the suffering, and the prospect of a Pinochet-style coup, the next time the Guardian solicits donations.

Today in history, 1973: CIA completed its coup against the democratically elected government of Chile, removing President Allende & replacing him with a military junta led by Gen. Pinochet, who ruled as dictator for 17 years. For good measure, the US lied for years about its role

Picture taken to today: A Pinochet refugee ("Clara") protests for the freedom of outside the Ecuadorian embassy while UK diplomatic police stand by to arrest him (operation "Kudo")--on which it has spent nearly US$30m. UK blocked the extradition of Pinochet.

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One day two sons and a daugnter-in-law went missing. Then her husband. Ana González, who has died at 93, never found out their fate. But she spent decades reminding the world of those who disappeared under Chile's Pinochet dictatorship.

Chile president-elect reveals hardline cabinet with ties to Pinochet

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