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The revised last will and testament of Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, dictator of Chile from 1973-1990, did not reveal the heirs to the millions that he likely embezzled from the state, nor more information on bank accounts or assets. A study … Continue reading
Great news for the family of Daniel Zamudio, a young Chilean man who was brutally attacked in a Santiago park on March 3 only for being gay and died on March 27. His four assailants now face second-degree murder charges.
A former agent of Chile’s National Information Office (Central Nacional de Informaciones – CNI) attempted to send a letter to President Sebastián Piñera that offered his help so that former president Michelle Bachelet would not return to the presidency. In … Continue reading
Last night, during their fourth session discussing a woman’s right to have an abortion in cases of a threat to the mother’s life or severe malformation of the fetus, the Chilean Senate voted 18-15 to reject the three motions that … Continue reading
At a march on Friday, March 30, honoring Daniel Zamudio’s memory, I saw a young man holding a sign that said, “Casi fui un Zamudio.” (I was almost a Zamudio.) The sign also showed a picture of him with blood … Continue reading
Daniel Zamudio, the 24-year-old Chilean man beaten on March 3 only for being gay, was pronounced dead at 7:45 pm (6:45 pm EST) today. Doctors performed a test this afternoon that confirmed cerebral failure and soon after, Zamudio died. Earlier … Continue reading
Daniel Zamudio, a 24-year-old Chilean man, continues to be in critical condition more than twenty-five days after being beaten by four men, including at least one neo-Nazi—only because he is gay. There have been conflicting reports over the past few … Continue reading
After calling a special session to decide whether or not to begin the process of decriminalizing therapeutic abortion, last night the Chilean Senate postponed its decision until April’s general session. Opponents argue that legalizing therapeutic abortion—terminating a pregnancy when it … Continue reading