World politics explainer: Pinochet’s Chile

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General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, a career military officer, was appointed Commander in Chief of the Chilean army by President Salvador Allende on August 1973.

  • Peter Read
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Eighteen days later, with the connivance, if not the assistance, of the US, he authorised a coup against Allende’s Socialist government.

Peno 1aTo be clear, Pinochet’s rule was not the first, last or worst dictatorship in the history of Latin America.

But it did grip the attention of western countries because of Chile’s comparatively orderly and democratic past, its institutions that made it seem closer to Great Britain than to Spain, its…

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