Allende exhumed

May 24, 2011

The exhumation of the body of Chilean President Salvador Allende, at the request of his family, is expected to shed light on the still murky circumstances surrounding his death during the September 1973 coup that inaugurated the bloody regime of General Augusto Pinochet. The New York Times reports:

after nearly 38 years Mr. Allende’s death remains, for some, Chile’s greatest unsolved mystery. Early Monday, at the behest of the Allende family and a judge investigating 726 unresolved human rights cases related to Chile’s 17-year dictatorship, Mr. Allende’s remains were exhumed. Forensic experts will perform a second autopsy to try to determine once and for all how the Socialist leader died. … While family members believed the accounts of his inner circle that pointed to his taking his own life, suicide did not sit well with Mr. Allende’s followers.

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