lundi, décembre 11, 2006

Actualité - Pinochet Dies Without Paying for Crimes

Panama, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) - Chilean residents in Panama grieved Monday, not for the death of ex Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet, who died on Sunday; but that he never received justice for his crimes committed during his 17 years in power.

“Our people are happy, but at the same time sad, because Pinochet never was condemned for the many dead and disappeared people,” said Roberto Diaz, president of the Chilean Exile Association in Panama during the military regime.

Diaz warned that there are still several soldiers and civilians in Chile who should respond for their crimes.

According to Diaz, the death of Pinochet opens the door for the unification of the Chilean people, but added that that integration will not come until the truth comes to light.

Pinochet´s death also aroused demands for justice in Guatemala and Paraguay where several humanitarian organizations insisted in bringing those ex dictators and military personnel to justice for the genocide in their countries.

“We hope that Guatemala can try those responsible for the many massacres and that they don’t die as Pinochet, without being punished for the crimes,” said Aura Elena Farfan of the Association of the Relatives of Detained and Disappeared.

Paraguayan social leaders, legislators, and people also lamented that ex Chilean and Paraguayan dictators Augusto Pinochet and Alfredo Stroessner, respectively, died without paying for their crimes.

(Prensa Latina News Agency)

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