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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:45 PM

US warned Chile dictator over plebiscite

US warned Chile dictator over plebiscite
The Associated Press
Posted: 02/23/2013 09:58:17 AM PST
February 23, 2013 5:59 PM GMT Updated: 02/23/2013 09:58:17 AM PST

SANTIAGO, Chile—Newly declassified U.S. documents indicate that Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet planned to use violence to annul the referendum that ended his brutal regime.
The formerly secret documents posted by the independent U.S. National Security Archive on Friday showed U.S. officials warning Chilean leaders against violence if Pinochet tried to use force to stay in power if people voted against eight more years of his rule.

They also show U.S. officials and agencies backed the anti-Pinochet campaign portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film "No," even though the U.S. government also had tried to undermine the socialist government Pinochet had overthrown.

The documents also portray Pinochet as furious after the vote results, saying he pleaded with his generals to let him use extraordinary powers to crush dissent.


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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:32 PM

1. Chile's Gen Pinochet 'tried to cling to power' in 1988

23 February 2013 Last updated at 19:31 ET
Chile's Gen Pinochet 'tried to cling to power' in 1988

Late Chilean military leader Augusto Pinochet wanted to hold on to power when he lost a referendum on his rule in 1988, newly declassified documents in the US suggest.

They say Gen Pinochet sought the support of his closest military allies to overthrow the results.

But they refused and Gen Pinochet had to accept defeat.

The following year, Chileans elected a civilian government and Gen Pinochet was replaced in 1990.

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The documents, from the US National Security Archive, say the general planned to do "whatever was necessary to stay in power".

"I'm not leaving, no matter what", he reportedly told advisers.


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