(SANTIAGO, Chile) – Nearly 40 years after his death, Chile has launched the first-ever investigation into how socialist President Salvador Allende died during a coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power.
It has been debated whether Allende took his own life or was killed during a military attack on his palace in 1973.
The inquiry is part of a series of human rights violations being investigated by a judge in Santiago. More than 3,000 Chileans were killed or disappeared during Pinochet’s rule from 1973 to 1990. Pinochet had been under investigation for corruption, murder and torture before he died of a heart attack in 2006.
An autopsy had already determined that Allende committed suicide when planes and soldiers attacked the La Moneda presidential palace in September of 1973. Supporters, however, have questioned whether Allende was actually killed by soldiers during the coup.
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