The Chilean Military junta is facing growing protests over the number of people who've disappeared without trace in the six years since the overthrow of the Allende Government.
The Chilean Military junta is facing growing protests over the number of people who've disappeared without trace in the six years since the overthrow of the Allende Government. Heading the protests are relatives of fifteen people murdered at an abandoned lime kiln shortly after the coup.
SYNOPSIS: The murders were only discovered last November. The bodies of the fifteen victims were lying in the bottom of this lime kiln at Talagante, near Santiago. Some of the bodies were identified as those of the left wing farmers arrested following the coup. They's been bound with wire and shot. An investigating judge ruled in June that Chilean police had carried out the murders one month after the military junta came to power. Eight policemen were convicted of the killings but were released under a government amnesty. The spot where the murders were carried out has now been turned into a private shrine by the relatives of the victims.
The people who visit the kiln are demanding the return of the bodies for proper burial. They also say they want justice -- claiming the release of the eight policemen was a crime in itself.
The murders have sparked new protests throughout the country over the number of people reported missing since the coup. Hugo Perez, head of Chile's metal workers union, and other union leaders have leant their support to the protests. Earlier this month demonstrators occupied the Danish Embassy in Santiago and four churches to draw attention to their claims. There have also been protests outside the country.
Despite Government assurances that human rights are not being violated - it's claimed that at least 641 people have disappeared since the military took power.