Augusto Pinochet
by Robbie Tung

1) Profile

Pinochet was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He led the military coup that overthrew the Allende government in 1973. He established himself as the head of the military regime and gave himself an 8-year presidential term between 1981 and 1989. He was rejected to run for president again in 1988, however he remained as commander-in-chief of the military until 1998. In October of 1998 he was arrested for "crimes of genocide and terrorism" by Spain. He was tried because some of his victims were from Spain.

2) Video

2a) Analysis

He has been a judge for 36 years but the judge never wanted to take the case. He told the reporters that it was the "end of my career". He said this because judges who get to the Supreme Court are judges who overlook things that would against the government and do nothing than judges that do the actual work. He looked at crimes of homicide, kidnappings, and torture against Pinochet. The judge first believed that the crimes were committed just by groups and soldiers, but he read more into it and found that it was really permitted by Pinochet. He had to interrogate Pinochet who claimed that he had nothing to do with the crimes.

3) Creative Piece

Create an original piece of writing that reflects on the legacy of your leader. Some suggestions include.

Day 17- Things are looking grim.

I have been in this drain pipe for four days now. My feet are killing me and I don't know how much longer I can be under here. The government is looking for me for crimes that don't even make sense to me. My mom and dad have been missing for almost a week and a half now and I don't know where my brother is. My food that I stole from another family's home is running low and I don't know know how much longer I can go without water. All the water around me is contaminated and not drinkable. I will have to move to a better spot in hopes for water. I hope I find my brother soon, he is only twelve and too young to be alone.

4) Essential Question

How has the change in government from the Allende to a dictatorship affected the people in Chile?