A Dictator's Dark Legacy

By: Rae

Biography of Pinochet

Augusto Pinochet was the Chilean dictator who overthrew the Allende government in 1973 and stayed the dictator until 1998. He joined the Chilean army in 1935 and in 1973, climbed ranks till he was made Commander in Chief by President Salvador Allende. That September, Pinochet became leader of the military junta that overthrew Allende. After, he bombed the capital, arrested 130,000 people, send people to exile, killed thousands, eliminated Congress, eliminated all political parties, placed military men in control of all universities, eliminated freedom of press, established curfew and declared martial law all after becoming president in 1974. Well then...

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"Democracy must occasionally be bathed in blood" — Pinochet was a ruthless leader, no doubt about that and at that time in 1974, he was at the peak of power during the coup d'etat. Chile was a democracy and the way that he ruled as dictator was brutal. The fact that he arrested, sent to exile and killed thousands of people and declared martial law proves that he left a dark legacy. The quote was said on behalf...