The situation in Cuba: ‘Prisoners in South Africa live in better conditions’
/ 20 November 2021

The situation in Cuba: ‘Prisoners in South Africa live in better conditions’

South African student pilots training in Cuba complain of slave-like conditions

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/ 15 November 2007

Big earthquake kills two in Chile, hits mining

A powerful earthquake hit mineral-rich northern Chile on Wednesday, killing at least two people, injuring more than 100 and halting output at some of the world’s largest copper mines. Two people were confirmed dead and 117 were injured in the magnitude 7,7 quake, which raised massive dust clouds in Chile’s mountainous north

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/ 10 July 2007

Death of the ‘spectre of horror’

One of the cruellest enforcers of Chile’s former dictatorship, the self-confessed torturer Osvaldo Romo Mena, died in prison of heart failure at the age of 70, police sources said. He died on July 4 at the Santiago prison where he was serving sentences for kidnapping dissidents in the rule of former dictator Augusto Pinochet.

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/ 18 May 2007

From human-fat meatballs to a pink mountain

Last year, Chilean-born artist Marco Evaristti mixed fat removed from his body by liposuction with ground beef to make meatballs, which he fried in olive oil and displayed in a public gallery. This year, he plans to climb Western Europe’s highest mountain colour the summit pink and declare it an independent state, with himself as president.

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/ 22 April 2007

Strong quake felt in Santiago

A 5,3-magnitude quake was felt in the Chilean capital, Santiago, on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake followed a strong temblor in the country’s south on Saturday that caused power cuts, landslides and large waves off the nation’s Pacific coast.

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/ 13 December 2006

Pinochet was symbol of military repression

Augusto Pinochet, who died on December 10 after suffering a heart attack, came to symbolise Latin American military repression and was linked to thousands of cases of torture, abduction and death. He ruled Chile with an iron fist from 1973-1990. Pinochet (91) died without ever standing trial on any charge.

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/ 10 December 2006

Augusto Pinochet dead at 91

Former dictator Augusto Pinochet, who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990 and spent his old age fighting human rights, fraud and corruption charges, died on Sunday. He was 91. Pinochet, who was diabetic and had been in frail health for years, suffered a heart attack last week and underwent an angioplasty. His son then said the surgery had brought him back from the brink of death.

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/ 4 December 2006

Pinochet fights for life after heart attack

Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet fought to survive on Monday after a heart attack put him in a Santiago military hospital, while teary-eyed supporters of all ages held vigil outside. Pinochet (91) who ran Chile with brutal discipline for 17 years, was in stable but serious condition after an angioplasty on Sunday to unblock clogged arteries.

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/ 27 November 2006

Chile’s Pinochet under house arrest again

Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was placed under house arrest on Monday in connection with the kidnap of two of his political opponents in 1974, a judicial source said. Pinochet, who ruled Chile with absolute power from 1973 to 1990, is accused of dozens of human rights violations but has never been brought to trial in connection with any of them.

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/ 12 March 2006

Bachelet sworn in as Chile’s first woman leader

Socialist Michelle Bachelet was sworn in as Chile’s first female president on Saturday and appealed for national unity to heal the divisions left by a military dictatorship that had imprisoned and tortured her and her parents. Bachelet’s election in January marked a sharp political shift in traditionally conservative, male-dominated Chile.

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/ 23 November 2005

Chilean judge orders Pinochet arrest

A Chilean judge on Wednesday ordered the arrest of former dictator Augusto Pinochet for fraud and other alleged crimes related to millions of dollars in secret overseas bank accounts. The judge ordered that Pinochet, who will be 90 on Friday, remain confined in his home in Santiago’s elegant La Dehesa neighbourhood.

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/ 7 November 2005

Former Peruvian leader arrested in Chile

Fugitive former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, wanted in Peru on corruption and human rights charges, was arrested early on Monday just hours after his surprise arrival in Chile, police said. Fujimori, who is 67, arrived on Sunday unannounced in Chile to press on defiantly in a fresh bid for the Peruvian presidency.

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/ 28 September 2005

$10bn treasure trove sparks gold fever

The claimed discovery of a -billion 18th century treasure trove on Chile’s Robinson Crusoe island has touched off an epidemic of gold fever among treasure hunters. The modern-day gold rush began on Monday when Chilean security firm Wagner announced that its ground-scanning robot had located a legendary pirate hideaway containing a lost bounty of jewels and gold coins.

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/ 15 June 2005

Earthquake kills 11 in Chile

Chile sent cargo planes with medicine and tents to a northern Andean region rocked by an earthquake that killed at least 11 people, including a family of six buried by a landslide. The quake measured 7,9 on the Richter scale — the world’s third-strongest since the quake that set off the Asian tsunami in December.

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/ 21 December 2004

Pinochet to stand trial despite stroke

Augusto Pinochet will stand trial for atrocities from his 17-year regime in Chile, a Santiago court ruled unanimously on Monday, as the 89-year-old former dictator recovered in a hospital from a stroke. Pinochet has never stood trial for any of the approximately 3 000 political opponents killed during the dictatorship.

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/ 19 November 2004

Pinochet regime tortured 35 000

A year-long investigation into state-sponsored torture in Chile has documented that about 35 000 people were abused during the 1973 to 1990 military regime. The three volume-long report includes hundreds of new claims about torture tactics, ranging from sexual abuse using dogs, to forcing suspects to watch as family members were sodomised or slowly electrocuted.