By Ray Beckerman
Man's inhumanity to man and other living things threatens the whole human experiment. Let's fight it, and try to build a future.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Victor Jara Update: More Arrests in Chile, But Still No Justice in the U.S.
September 18th is
Chile's Independence Day, but for many the month of September is more
about the heavy memories of the Chilean coup that happened 41 years ago on
September 11th, 1973 and its continued legacy. As you may know, one of the
most prominent victims of the military regime is the folk singer and
activist Víctor Jara.
Last week, three more
soldiers accused of his murder were arrested
in Chile and more details about his assassination and murderers have
(this article is in Spanish!). Pedro Barrientos, the SOA grad who was last
known to reside in Florida and has been accused of pulling the trigger, was
not on the list of new arrestees, because so far the U.S. government has
not acted on the extradition request issued by the Chilean Supreme Court in
2013. When our allies in Chile are making strides toward justice and
accountability, we must not remain on the sidelines.
As you know, our Justice for Víctor Campaign has been central to our work
over the last year. In 2013, an SOA Watch delegation held a somber
vigil at the gates of a U.S.-funded urban warfare training center and
outside the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile on 9/11. In April, we held a Víctor
Jara Memorial Forum as part of our 2014 Spring Days of Action to share
the undying spirit of Jara's music. Thanks to you and thousands of SOA
Watch activists around the globe, we've
kept the pressure on the US Department of Justice to do the right thing
by extraditing Barrientos to face justice in Chile.
Now, as we oppose yet more war and intervention by the U.S. throughout the
world, we must hold the killers of yesteryear to account by demanding
justice for Víctor and all the other victims of the Chilean coup! Only when
the current power elite see their henchmen publicly disgraced will they
think twice about repeating the sins of the past.
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