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Looters in Chile Return $2 Mln in Stolen Goods

Monday, 08 Mar 2010 09:18 AM


Looters in Chile have handed back stolen goods worth £1.3 million ($2million), the government said, as the country mourned the hundreds killed in last month's earthquake and tsunami.

Pressed by police and military patrols, Chileans returned hundreds of television sets, washing machines and other electronic and furniture items stolen from stores and warehouses.

The looting had broken out in the wake of the devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on February 27. It led to curfews and the deployment of some 14,000 soldiers – a move unprecedented since the 17-year dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet that ended in 1990.

Michelle Bachelet, the Chilean president, visited a depot of returned goods Sunday, promising justice. "This looting has nothing to do with survival," Mrs Bachelet said. "It had everything to do with people trying to make a profit on the suffering of others," she said, promising to apply the full weight of the law on looters.

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