Increasingly criticized and pressured by the opposition, the Chilean president, Gabriel Boric, announced on Wednesday a “National Search Plan” of disappeared during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochetwhose beginning will be completed in a few days half a century.
The plan aims at clarify the circumstances of the disappearance or death of the victimsbut also access to information by family members, as well as guaranteeing reparation measures and the guarantee of “non-repetition” of crimes of forced disappearance.
According to the government, at least 3,200 people were killed or disappeared during the 17 years of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990).
The speech to present the plan showed a tense Boric. The political pressure on the youngest president of America, 37 years old, has been increasing since the draft of the new Constitution was rejected. The resurgence of the hard right centered around Jose Antonio Kastwhom Boric defeated in the December 2021 presidential elections, radically changed the political landscape, with a defensive president who recently had to part with Giorgio Jacksonminister and very close friend, amid accusations of corruption.
The announcement of the “National Search Plan” marked the launch of events for the 50th anniversary of the coup, which occurred on September 11, 1973. This week he committed suicide Hernan Chacon Sotoa former Army brigadier convicted of the kidnapping and murder of the singer Victor Jara. The conviction of Soto, 86, and five other soldiers had been ratified by the Supreme Court, but when the Police went to look for the convicted person at his house, the former soldier took his own life.