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Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte
[Oscar Peterson]
November 25, 1915 - December 10, 2006
President of Chile from 1974 to 1990, as well as head of the government junta from 1973 to 1974, his rule instituted broad economic reforms and a severe and highly controversial campaign against the leftist political parties.
On September 11, 1973, Pinochet, recently appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army, headed a coup d'état against Marxist President Salvador Allende and established a military government. The 1993 Rettig Report concluded that 2,279 persons who disappeared during the military government were killed for political reasons. 27,000 were tortured, according to the 2004 Valech Report, while several thousand were exiled.
Some political scientists have ascribed the relative bloodiness of the coup to the stability of the existing democratic system, which required extreme action to overturn. His legacy is controversial.
Claims of his masonic membership have not been substantiated.
Freemason?

Source: Vidal Hernán (1937- ), La Gran Logia De Chile (1973-1990) : Su Comportamiento ante el fin de la democracia y las violaciones de los derechos humanos. Santiago de Chile : Mosquito Comunicaciones, 2006. 420pp. ill., ports. ; 22 cm. ISBN : 9562651711 (pbk.)

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