Augusto Jose Ramon Pinochet Ugarte

By Ryan Hughes


He was born November 25, 1915 and joined the Chilean army in 1935. He rose through the ranks with exceptional leadership qualities and was appointed Commander in Chief of the Chilean Armed Forces by President Salvador Allende in 1973. Pinochet overthrew Allende only a month after being appoint Commander in Chief. After 25 years in power, he was put under arrest, but died in 2006. Pinochet was known for using brute force against citizens that opposed him. Various reports show that between 1,200 and 3,200 people were killed, up to 80,000 people were held prisoner and as many as 30,000 were tortured during Pinochet's rule of Chile.

Chilean's protest Pro-Pinochet Film

Chile protesters rally against Pinochet film
The video displays angry Chilean citizens who are against the release and showing of a Pro-Pinochet film. Citizens took the streets to riot against a film which shows how much the people dislike Pinochet's name trying to be showcased in a good light.

Journal Entry

Today is August 23 1973 and President Salvador Allende has promoted me to Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. He does not know what he has done and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be Commander in Chief but I want more than that. I plan to lead a campaign to overthrow Allende, I believe it will take around a month or so to succeed and once in power I will end civilian rule. I intend to rule for a long time displaying power and strength. I will not take any non sense from citizens and will set up camps for any who oppose. I am quite excited for the day my plan prevails and I am the President of Chile.

Essential Question

Do the people have a right to riot and protest a new film that puts their brutal dictator in a good light?