Chile: Night of the Generals

Night of the Generals

The nominating process was dubbed Super Tuesday, but any resemblance between the meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Santiago last week and the U.S. primaries was in name only. In less than an hour, a handful of top military men had named President Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, Chile's ruler of 15 years, as the only candidate in an Oct. 5 plebiscite. Pinochet appeared on the balcony of the presidential palace and urged citizens to keep Chile "sovereign and free."

His opponents had a more immediate goal. Taking advantage of the lifting of a state of emergency two weeks ago, thousands took...

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