Protest against General Augusto Pinochet

Agonized screams filled the streets of Santiago, Chile, as protestors Rodrigo Rojas de Negri and Carmen Gloria Quintana were burnt alive during a street demonstration against the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.  Rojas’ mother was a political exile, and he had lived in the US and attended Woodrow Wilson High School.  Quintana was an engineering student at the University of Santiago.  The two were beaten by the military police, doused with gasoline, and left to die.  Quintana survived.   Pinochet had come to power in Chile through a military coup backed by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  In 1993 the Chilean Supreme Court sentenced the lead military officer in the assault to about 2 years in prison for the death of Rojas DeNegri and the serious burns sustained by Quintana. (Image by Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos)

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