Augusto Pinochet: The Powerful Dictator Who Ruled Chile

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Augusto Pinochet was the president and dictator who ruled Chile. He overthrew Salvador Allende government with the coup September 11, 1973. Of course, Pinochet was very brutal and he was a well-known destroyer. This didn’t stop his rampages and he continued to make his territory spiral downward at a fast pace. His 17 year dictatorship was covered with murder, torture, and abuse. He had over 200,000 political assassinations on his record, which is more than any other dictator contributed.
Pinochet was born November 25, 1915 in Valparaiso, Chile. His religion is Roman Catholic and his ethnicity is Hispanic. His occupation is head of state which is a very big role. His nationality is Chile and in summary he overthrew Chile with the help of CIA. His military service is the Chilean Army, which is a very strong army considering it’s past. Pinochet attended French Father's School in his high school years which is located in Valparaiso, Chile. His mother was Avelina Ugarte Martínez and his wife was Maria Lucía Hiriart Rodríguez. Later, Pinochet attended military college and was vastly promoted and continued studying at the Chilean War Academy. For two long years Pinochet commanded a concentration camp which could have influenced him to become the brutal dictator that he is. In 1970 Salvador Allende, who was a socialist, became president of Chile. Secretly, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency created obstacles and highlighted weaknesses to rush Allende out of office as soon as he was put in. This drained millions of dollars to put such act together. Soon, the plan was successful and in years time the economy was facing major decrease and was in chaos and CIA spent $11 million dollars. Surprisingly Allende gave Pinochet all control of the army. Later, Allende died and/or committed suicide. Pinochet appointed him as president and suspended the constitution, close parliament, and banned oppositions. Many friendly areas were turned in dictating controlled camps. The well-known sport of soccer wasn’t so much brought out because the stadiums were turned into prison. Prisons were appearing rapidly throughout Chile. Officials were fired for no reason and this was all part of Pinochet plan. Anyone of spoke up against Pinochet were arrested and they disappeared. No one knows where and they never heard from them again. The US was actually one of the first to acknowledge Pinochet’s presidency as “legitimate”. Pinochet gave the country a new constitution in 1980 and that allowed him to arrest, imprison, and exile.
Soon Pinochet gave up his presidency in 1990 but remained commander of the Army until 1998. When he was through with being commander he became a Chilean Senator for life, which added on to his Constitution. Pinochet didn’t just live a happy dictator-filled life with no worries, he was also arrested in England of the year 1998 because of humanity crimes from a Spanish warrant. His bad health is what sent him back to...

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