After the coup that took place 50 years ago against the government of President Salvador Allende (1908-1973), this Colosseum was converted by the Pinochet regime into the largest concentration camp in this country.
“This stadium is unfortunately known as a detention and torture center, and from here many left for other places where they were killed or disappeared,” Undersecretary of the Ministry of Human Rights Javier Altamirano told Prensa Latina.
He emphasized that the coup represents a tragedy for all of Chile and it is important to remember the men and women who gave their lives for social transformation and legitimate demands crushed by state terrorism.
According to reports from various truth commissions, the total number of officially qualified victims of the dictatorship is more than 40,000, including killed, arrested, disappeared, imprisoned, and tortured.
According to the president of the Association of Relatives of the Politically Executed (AFEP), Alicia Lira, there are still more than 900 disappeared and the families hope to find their whereabouts to mourn and bury them.
In response to a question about the national research plan announced by the government, the activist said that progress is being made in the meetings with the Minister of Justice, where they demanded the participation of humanitarian groups in the work schedules.
The AFEP president also expressed that memorial activities seek to demonstrate Allende’s legacy, and the progress made during his government, such as nationalization of copper, land reform or a pint of milk for all children.
Many artists and music groups took part in the event at the stadium, which lasted over four hours, including Imaginación, La Chimganera, Insobornables, Coulon-Azán duo and Pancho Villa.
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