A Chilean Icon Is Reburied
Posted on Dec 4, 2009
Victor Jara, acclaimed Chilean singer, was tortured and killed in 1973 during the U.S.-directed coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power. He was to be reburied in Santiago Friday after hundreds of people paid their final respects. The body had been exhumed in June to clarify how he died. He had been shot more than 30 times. —JCL
The remains of popular Chilean singer Victor Jara are to be reburied in the capital, Santiago, 36 years after he was killed following a military coup.
Hundreds of people began paying their last respects to one of the most prominent victims of the 1973 coup that brought Gen Augusto Pinochet to power.
Mr Jara’s body was exhumed in June so that a court could clarify the circumstances of his death.
It was established that he had been shot more than 30 times.
Victor Jara was among thousands of people rounded up in the early days of the 1973 right-wing military coup, never to be see again.