In Chile, the ruling military junta has marked the fourth anniversary of the coup in which the previous Marxist administration was overthrown.
In Chile, the ruling military junta has marked the fourth anniversary of the coup in which the previous Marxist administration was overthrown. Since the takeover on the 11th September, 1973 the government of General Augusto Pinochet has been increasingly criticised for its alleged suppression of human rights.
SYNOPSIS: Sunday's (11 September) ceremonies in the capital of Santiago were conducted in a sober atmosphere. General Pinochet has steadily tightened the grip of the military junta over the past four years following the death of Marxist President Salvador Allende in the coup d'etat. It has dedicated itself to the eradication of Marxism and the reconstruction of Chile.
In 1975 a United Nations resolution condemned the 'constant and flagrant violation of basic human rights' by the junta, and since then certain moves to liberalise life under the regime have been made. Laws were passed to protect prisoners from torture and in late 1976 more than 200 political prisoners were released.
But foreign opponents have claimed that the changes were made in an attempt to improve the country's image and earlier this year the junta rejected an American aid package offered on condition that human rights violations were ended. General Pinochet has announced plans for a return to civilian rule - but he's made n mention of reintroducing party politics.