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Clashes break out during march marking Chile coup anniversary

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 00:44

Clashes have broken out in Santiago during a march to mark the anniversary of Chile's coup. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Clashes broke out in Chile on Sunday (September 11) at a protest to mark the 43rd anniversary of the 1973 coup that left then-President Salvador Allende dead and ushered in the 17-year dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. Police used water cannons and fired tear gas at hooded protesters who threw rocks and bottles at police vehicles. The clashes occurred at Santiago General Cemetery, where the memorial to the disappeared is located. Earlier in the day, thousands marched to the cemetery to remember victims of the dictatorship. Coup anniversaries have triggered violent protests in the past, as Allende and Pinochet are divisive figures in the South American nation. Allende, a leftist, committed suicide as Pinochet's troops approached. Pinochet then ruled Chile with a strong arm until democracy was restored in 1990. Nearly 3,200 people died or disappeared in political violence during the 1973-1990 dictatorship, according to government accounts. The vast majority were by Pinochet's forces and by his infamous secret police in clandestine detention centers. Another 28,000 were tortured, according to official figures.

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Clashes break out during march marking Chile coup anniversary

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 00:44