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Chile: Clashes erupt at cemetery during tribute to victims of 1973 coup


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Clashes erupted between police and participants of a traditional pilgrimage to commemorate the victims of the 1973 coup, ahead of its 46th anniversary, at the General Cemetery of the Chilean capital of Santiago on Sunday.
Footage shows participants of the pilgrimage with covered faces, throwing stones and pushing police officers at the cemetery, while water blasts from the security forces’ armoured vehicles were fired at them.
The march was coordinated by several human rights organisations and gathered around 10,000 people at Heroes Square, before making their way to the graveyard to reject denial of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship and claim the right to remembrance.
Augusto Pinochet's era left a death toll of around 3,000 murdered, some 1,200 missing and 33,000 tortured, according to the official figures, though human right organisations believe the toll is much higher.
Pinochet imposed a military junta after ousting socialist president Salvador Allende, who later committed suicide. Pinochet stayed in power until 1990 after a referendum voted for a transition back to democracy.
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