Chileans shocked by radio confession of Pinochet-era executions

SANTIAGO A caller into a radio show shocked Chile this week with a chilling confession of executions he had taken portion in as a conscript for the duration of Chile’s military dictatorship, and the socialist celebration said a judge had ordered his arrest.

A caller to the “Chacotero Sentimental” radio station on Wednesday, who identified himself as 62-year-old “Alberto”, started speaking about a really like affair but then moved on to describing how he had executed men and women for the duration of the 1970s.

The brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet ruled Chile among 1973 and 1990, when an estimated three,200 people were murdered and another 28,000 tortured by the state. Many of the victims had been affiliated with the socialist government of Salvador Allende, who was deposed in a 1973 coup.

Courts are nevertheless hearing instances of these accused of human rights abuses.

“Alberto’s” sometimes rambling get in touch with to the station described with little apparent remorse how “we took some of these guys out into the countryside and shot them in the head”.

“We blew them up. They fell apart. Absolutely nothing was left of them. Not even their shadow,” he told the stunned radio presenter.

“But you killed people!” stated the presenter, Roberto Artiagoitia.

“I was obliged, otherwise the military would have killed me,” he replied. He stated he did not know how numerous men and women he had executed, but that it was “much more than” 10.

Reports of the radio show spread rapidly by means of social media. Regional media stated that the police traced the call, arresting a man identified as 62-year-old Guillermo Reyes.

Chile’s socialist celebration mentioned on Friday that Reyes was becoming investigated by a human rights judge over the execution of two members of its party in the 1970s.

Some politicians on the appropriate nonetheless defend Pinochet’s legacy, saying the coup saved Chile from Allende’s Marxist agenda. For years, conservatives blocked attempts to prosecute members of the military accused of dictatorship-era abuses.

Nevertheless, polls show support for Pinochet has declined among Chileans in current years, whilst prosecutions for human rights abuses have risen.

(Reporting by Rosalba O’Brien)

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