In the General Cemetery in the Chilean Capital, Santiago, there are three hundred and twenty graves bearing no names, just a date, 1973 - the year of the military coup which brought the present government to power.
GV Street in Santiago (2 shots)
GV Un-named graves in cemetery (3 shots)
CU Newspaper article on cemetery enquiry
CU Humberto Espejo (Government Minister) speaking in English
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Background: In the General Cemetery in the Chilean Capital, Santiago, there are three hundred and twenty graves bearing no names, just a date, 1973 - the year of the military coup which brought the present government to power. The coup toppled the leftist government of President Salvador Allende. An investigation led by Bishop Ignacio Ortuzar, of the Archdiocese of Santiago, has resulted in a promise of full documentation of the graves.
SYNOPSIS: The un-named graves represent only a small portion of the reported thousands of leftists, killed or imprisoned, subjected to degrading physical and psychological treatment, or forced to leave the country, at the time of the military coup.
These three hundred and twenty graves are thought to be those of leftist railway and peasant workers from Paine, a town twenty-seven miles (45 km) from Santiago.
The church believes the workers had been arrested by a military unit in San Bernardo.
Government Minister Humberto Espejo promised to open an investigation and to secure the names of those buried in the un-named graves.
This move by the government comes in the wake of months of demonstrations and demands for information on missing persons.