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Saturday, October 22, 2016
Chile bids farewell to bishop who stood up to Pinochet
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┬áThe President of the Republic Ricardo Lagos, along with thousands of citizens, bid a final farewell to Chilean Bishop Fernando AriztÝa, symbol of the defence of human rights in the Chile governed by the dictator Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). The 78-year-old Bishop, died of cancer on Tuesday in the northern city of Copiapˇ, 804km from the capital Santiago. In 1973, after the violent September 11 coup, AriztÝa founded the 'Peace Committee', an ecumenical panel that saved hundreds of lives during the first years of the dictatorship. "Don Fernando taught us that nothing is more important than asking forgiveness, that we must never stop helping each other, but that it is also important to respond, with firm measure, to unjust words," said President Lagos, referring to the words pronounced at the start of the week by former dictator Pinochet on the Hispanic 'Wdlp-22' television channel of Miami. The former General claimed to be some sort of an "angel" and that he owed "no apologies" for the excesses and murders that characterised the period of the dictatorship. Based on investigations conducted in 1991, during the 17 years of Pinochet's regime 3,065 political opposers were killed. After President Lagos's final farewell, the Bishop was buried at the Cathedral of Copiapˇ. Source: MISNA
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