Intrigues were wider and deeper. In an October day in 1970, General Rene
Schneider, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Chile, was
murdered in daylight on a street. In "The Pinochet File': Peter
Kornbluh has documented these. The assassination was part of a CIA
operation to instigate a coup, to create a coup-climate so that Allende
could be stopped from being inaugurated. The Pinochet File also tells:
CIA paid the assassins of Schneider $35,000 to close their mouths about
the US role and to help them escape from Chile.
The Church Committee, the US Senate committee led by Senator Frank
Church, investigated US intervention in Chile in the mid-1970s, and it
was found that the CIA funded an institute that was preparing for a
coup, that did compile lists of both civilians and people inside the
Allende government that would need to be taken care of in the event of a
During the Pinochet-era, Amnesty International says, "[t]ens of thousands of people were detained, tortured, killed or disappeared. ... To date, at least 262 individuals have been sentenced for human rights violations but there are more than 1,100 open judicial proceedings.
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