The senator José Durana, a member of the Independent Democratic Union (UDI) and representative for Constituency 1, charged against the recent decision of the Municipal Council of Arica to withdraw the status of “favorite son” of the dictator Augusto Pinochet, died in 2006.
The measure, approved last October 20 by 10 votes in favor and one against, revokes the provision that was made in 1974, a year after the general’s rise to power through a bloody coup in which he overthrew the socialist president Salvador Allende.
In conversation with the program “Depth of Fields”, of TV Senate, Durana, who began his political career as regional secretary in Arica of the National Youth Secretariat (SJN) during the last years of the dictatorship, asserted that “I am not surprised” by the decision of the northern municipality.
In the opinion of the right-wing legislator, “It is part of a process that this new left will always want to revive, because they know that what most provokes unity in the center left is the Pinochet factor. “
“We want to talk about the future but they keep thinking about Pinochet”he lashed out.
During the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990), according to official figures, some 3,200 Chileans died at the hands of state agents, of which 1,192 are still listed as missing detainees.