Pinera wins in Chile, the first conservative since Pinochet

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    BBC News - Tycoon Pinera promises rapid growth for Chile
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    Augusto Pinochet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    On 11 September 1973, with active support from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),[3][4] Pinochet led a coup d'état which put an end to Allende's democratically-elected government. In December 1974, the military junta appointed Pinochet as President by a joint decree, with which Air Force General Gustavo Leigh disagreed.[5] From the beginning, the government implemented harsh measures against its political opponents.[6] According to the 1993 Rettig Report, over 3,200 people were killed,[7] while (according to the controversial 2004 Valech Report) at least 80,000 were interned and 30,000 subjected to torture under Pinochet.[8] Another 200,000 people went into exile, particularly to Argentina and Peru, and applied for political asylum; however, some key individuals were followed in their exile by the DINA secret police, in the framework of Operation Condor, which linked right-wing South American governments together against political opponents

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    Why is Pinochet relevant to this discussion? It is more interesting to know about this Panera guy.

    He is making some extravagant promises. And if the price of copper dies, he is toast.
     
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    Because, Chile wouldn't elect a conservative until now, after the hell they went through under Pinochet.
     
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    But after two decades with the same politicians in power, many leftists have become disenchanted with the government, enabling the right wing to win at the voting booth for the first time since Jorge Allesandri Rodriguez won the presidency in 1958.

    Pinera vows to remake Chile as president - Yahoo! News
     
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    The only way the CIA, under Nixon, could get a conservative in was through a coup d'etat.
     
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    This is very interesting.

     

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