He died eight years ago in Santiago’s Hospital Militar, ironically on the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. His ashes are kept in a chapel on an estate owned by his family, one of several properties he acquired during his lifetime. And he still has his admirers, as demonstrated by no less than 28 tributes published in the obituary section of El Mercurio, Chile’s largest newspaper. Here’s one: “We will always remember you for your great work for the good of Chile, for the restoration of its democracy and the enormous development achieved and projected, and for having kept the country’s peace, without ceding a centimeter of territory.” http://impresa.elmercurio.com/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?dt=10-12-2014%200:00:00&dtB=10-12-2014%200:00:00&BodyID=3&PaginaId=15
And a group of lawmakers from Chile’s rightwing Union Democratica Independiente (UDI) party tried to hold a moment of silence in Pinochet’s memory. Ignacio Urrutia made the motion in the Chamber of Deputies, prompting lawmakers from other parties to walk out in protest. One politician from the Party for Democracy (PPD) remained in the chamber in order to break the silence, while a number of younger UDI politicians remained but did not take part.