Chile Military Widows Sue Communist Party Leader

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 07:25 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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The widows of three Chilean soldiers are suing the nation’s communist party president, Guillermo Teillier, over his role in a bloody 1986 ambush targeting Chilean strongman Augusto Pinochet, according to the BBC.
 
Although Pinochet survived the assassination attempt, five troops guarding him were killed and 11 injured in the attack.
 
In April, Teillier told the Chilean newspaper La Tercera the communist party had approved the assassination bid and other military operations during the 1980s, according to the BBC.
 
Teillier defended the targeting of Pinochet as “nothing more than a reaction" to what the government had been doing against the communist leadership.
 
The women taking legal action say they want him jailed for their husbands’ deaths. "We want justice and equality before the law, that's all we want," one of the widows told the Chilean radio station Bio Bio, according to the BBC.
 
She was referring to the prosecutions of Pinochet and other Chilean officials for their roles in the September 1973 coup that toppled President Salvador Allende.
 
Upwards of 3,000 were killed or disappeared following Pinochet’s overthrow, and thousands of others tortured, the New York Times reported
 
Pinochet died of natural causes in 2006.
 
In next month’s Chilean presidential election, former President Michelle Bachelet, the daughter of an Allende supporter, faces Evelyn Matthei, daughter of a former aide to Pinochet.
 
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