CHILE: Pinochet's Deadly Toll

CHILE: Pinochet's Deadly Toll

During General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte's 17-year rule over Chile, few ever doubted the ruthlessness of his military regime. But last week a shocking report from the civilian government that succeeded Pinochet detailed for the first time just how murderous that regime had been. More than 2,000 political opponents were killed, the result of a "systematic policy of extermination" that included torture by electric shock, burning, asphyxiation and rape.

Last week's grisly accounting fulfilled a promise by President Patricio Aylwin to investigate past abuses, a pledge he made last year shortly after he was democratically elected. Whether anyone will ultimately be brought...

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