Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Army Names Camp After Pinochet Foe

Chile's army reopened a military base near Santiago earlier this month, naming it after a general who was assassinated by Gen. Augusto Pinochet's security forces. Gen. Carlos Prats was a loyalist of marxist president Salvador Allende and served in his administration. After the 1973 coup, Prats was exiled to Argentina. In September 1974, he and his wife were killed by a car bomb. The army's gesture is the latest effort to confront its bloody past. Gen. Oscar Izurieta is the third consecutive army chief to seek reconciliation.

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