Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is urging citizens to break the pacts of silence that have covered up human rights violations during the 1973-1990 military dictatorship. She’s praising a former soldier who helped the investigation into the burning death of a U.S. resident.
A Chilean judge last week charged seven former members of the military in the burning death of 19-year-old Rodrigo Rojas during a 1986 anti-dictatorship protest. Four other ex-soldiers were being questioned on Monday.
The charges come after ex-soldier Fernando Guzman testified about the case last year, breaking a nearly three-decade pact of silence.
Bachelet said Monday that Chileans should follow his example. In her words, “Let’s put an end to the silence.”
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