Chile celebrates death of ex-spy chief Manuel Contreras
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Chile celebrates death of ex-spy chief Manuel Contreras

Hundreds of Chileans took to the streets to celebrate the death of ex-spy chief Juan Manuel Contreras (aged 86) in Santiago de Chile’s military hospital.

The press release from Chile's police force.

The press release from Chile’s police force.

Contreras had been hospitalized since September 24 2014, a release from Chile’s police force confirmed, suffering from type 2 diabetes, chronic hemodialisis of the kidneys and depression amongst other illnesses.

The ex-spy chief was being held “charged with 40 sentences for crimes such as kidnappings, homicide, criminal association, and unlawful coercion offenses, amongst others, amounting to a 529-year sentence.” according to the release.

The crowd waiting outside the prison met the news by waving Chilean flags and toasting the death with champagne in paper cups.

“It’s over, it’s over!” they sing in the video.

Contreras only completed 17-years of his sentence.

“It’s a great, great shame, that he hasn’t paid for everything that he did,” one protestor commented.

“We have to celebrate as a murderer has died.” another added.

Photo: El Diario

Photo: El Diario

“Happy trip to hell, murdering s*** of a b****!” another protestor holds up on a banner.

Pinochet’s second in command

After the beginning of General Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 military coup, Contreras formed and headed the DINA spy agency, going on to become the most powerful and feared figure of the regime after Pinochet himself.

Born on May 4, 1929, in Santiago de Chile, Contreras helped to organize Operation Condor, a military effort formed in the mid-1970s by South America’s dictatorships which looked to eliminate dissidents seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

According to official reports, 40,018 people were imprisoned, tortured or murdered during the 1973-90 Pinochet dictatorship.

Chile’s government estimates that of the total, 3,095 were killed, including approximately 1,200 who were forcibly “disappeared.”

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