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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 04:56 PM

Eight Are Charged With Chilean Singer’s 1973 Murder After Military Coup (Victor Jara)

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/world/americas/eight-charged-with-victor-jaras-1973-murder-in-chile.html?_r=1&



SANTIAGO, Chile — Eight retired army officers were charged on Friday with the murder of a popular songwriter and theater director, Víctor Jara, who was tortured and killed days after the 1973 military coup in a stadium that had been turned into a detention center.

Judge Miguel Vásquez charged two of the former officers, Pedro Barrientos and Hugo Sánchez, with committing the murder and six others as accomplices. Mr. Sánchez, a lieutenant colonel, was second in command at the stadium. Mr. Barrientos, a lieutenant from a Tejas Verdes army unit, currently lives in Deltona, a city southwest of Daytona Beach, Fla., and was interrogated by the F.B.I. earlier this year at the request of a Chilean court. Attempts to reach Mr. Barrientos for comment were unsuccessful; his two listed telephone numbers had been disconnected.

Judge Vásquez issued an international arrest warrant against Mr. Barrientos through Interpol Santiago and ordered the arrest of the other seven, who were in Chile. Those charged as accomplices are Roberto Souper, Raúl Jofré, Edwin Dimter, Nelson Hasse, Luis Bethke and Jorge Smith.

Víctor Jara, then 40, was a member of the Communist Party and a leading folk singer in the late 1960s and early ’70s. A day after the American-supported Sept. 11 coup that ousted the socialist president, Salvador Allende, Mr. Jara was arrested by the military at the Santiago Technical University, where he was a professor and researcher, along with hundreds of students, teachers and staff members.







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Reply Eight Are Charged With Chilean Singer’s 1973 Murder After Military Coup (Victor Jara) (Original post)
Starry Messenger Dec 2012 OP
mitchtv Dec 2012 #1
Starry Messenger Dec 2012 #2
HooptieWagon Dec 2012 #3
Starry Messenger Dec 2012 #4
mitchtv Dec 2012 #5
Starry Messenger Dec 2012 #6
deutsey Dec 2012 #7
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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 05:02 PM

1. just about 40 years

the wheels of justice are slow, But I still remember the treachery committed there.

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Response to mitchtv (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 05:33 PM

2. I hope they are prosecuted for their crimes.

No surprise some of them were living here.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 05:53 PM

3. Victor Jara's music is available again.

His library and studio were burned after his murder, and all his written and recorded music was lost. But over the decades, copies of his LPs were located outside of Chile, remastered, and rereleased on CDs. I have several...its some wonderful and beautiful music.
As an aside, the father of a friend of mine was a student of Victor Jara, and marched alongside him in protests years before the coup. He fled Chile during the coup, went to Brasil, married a Brazillian woman. That is were my friend was born. The family then emmigrated to the US, where the father became a noted artist. My friend is the drummer and co-writer for a psychedelic punk-rock band, the Sons Of Hippies.

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Response to HooptieWagon (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:22 PM

4. I'm glad your friend's family escaped alive HW.

What a precious and wonderful memory, I appreciate hearing it.

I'm just discovering Jara's songs myself and will look for the rescued music. Thank you.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:25 PM

5. One of Victor's finest by Inti Illimani





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Response to mitchtv (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 11:26 AM

6. Thank you mitchtv!

I'll listen to these today.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:03 PM

7. The Death of Victor Jara

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:14 PM

8. arlo guthrie: 'victor jara'

 

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