He shut down Congress, outlawed political parties and forced thousands of dissidents into exile, while his police tortured and killed thousands more.
But loyalists saw him as a fatherly figure who oversaw Chile’s growth into economic prosperity and kept it from becoming a failed socialist state.
“Given the entrenched and violent nature of Pinochet’s dictatorship, the No Campaign’s victory is all the more dramatic,” said Peter Kornbluh, author of “The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability.”
Forty years after the coup, Kornbluh said, “It is not only important to remember how he took power, but was forced to relinquish it.”
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