Body Of Chile President Exhumed Decades Later

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News Americas, SANTIAGO, Chile, Tues. May 24, 2011: The body of former Chilean President Salvador Allende was yesterday exhumed, some 37 plus years after his death.

The casket holding Allende’s remains was removed Monday from the family mausoleum at the Santiago General Cemetery in order to begin investigations into the circumstances of his death.

Allende governed Chile from 1970-1973 and died at the La Moneda presidential palace on Sept. 11, 1973, during a coup staged by Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Relatives asked for this disinterment “in hopes that the results will dispel any doubts” about his death “and at the same time will provide a court ruling on the circumstances that led to the crimes committed” under the dictatorship.

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