There thousand mourners attended the funeral on Sunday (17 March) of the former Chilean Cabinet Minister, Jose Toha.
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CU Weeping relatives singing
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Background: There thousand mourners attended the funeral on Sunday (17 March) of the former Chilean Cabinet Minister, Jose Toha. Following the coffin through the streets of Santiago, the Chilean capital, the mourners tossed red roses and chanted banned left-wing slogans.
Senor Toha, who was 46, served as both Interior and Defence Minister during the Government of President Salvador Allende. President Allende died during a military coup last September.
The ruling military junta said Senor Toha hanged himself with his belt in a military hospital on Friday (15 March).
The funeral crowd sang the Chilean National anthem, then some people began to chant slogans, including "The people united will never be defeated" -- the rallying cry of the late President Allende's Popular Unity coalition.
Police held up the cortege as it neared the Toha family tomb, and said it would not be allowed further unless the chanting stopped. Family members said the police threatened to call in troops. The chanting ceased and Senor Toha was laid to rest in silence.