Chileans commemorated the 45th anniversary of the military coup that overthrew socialist president Salvador Allende (1970-1973), one of the emblematic dates that still divide the South American country.
President Sebastián Piñera, accompanied by ministers and senior officials, remembered on September 11th the 1973 coup d’état in an overarching ceremony at Palacio de La Moneda, bombed in that year by the Air Force and where then president Salvador Allende died (1970-1973).
On the other hand, all opposition parties held an event at the headquarters of the National Congress — also in Santiago de Chile — convened by president of the upper house Carlos Montes, where the figure of Allende and victims of the 1973-1990 dictatorship were reminisced. (Deutsche Welle in Spanish)
All along the anniversary day acts and tributes took place in different parts of the country, such as at the Congress building in Valparaíso (140 km north of the capital), visits of the victims’ relatives to La Moneda to place wreaths, and to sites that served as detention centers during the dictatorship such as Villa Grimaldi and the National Stadium.
In London, Chileans gathered outside their embassy (photo) to read out the names of those who died, and called for those responsible of their deaths to be brought to justice. (ITV)
Nevertheless, these aspirations are frustrated by a law in the country that prevents those who committed human rights violations between 1973 and 1978 from being prosecuted.
The Chilean government has repeatedly promised to overturn this law, but it is still in in place.