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7 Army Officers Arrested for 1986 Attack on Chilean Democracy Activists

7 Army Officers Arrested for 1986 Attack on Chilean Democracy Activists

Seven Chilean army officers were arrested Tuesday over the brutal 1986 burning of two pro-democracy activists.

During the reign of dictator Augusto Pinochet, two activists were doused with gas by soldiers, then set on fire on July 2, 1986. One, Rodrigo Rojas, an American resident, died from his burns. His fellow activist, Carmen Gloria Quintana, lived but was left severely disfigured.

Rojas was been a student at the Woodrow Wilson School in Washington, D.C. and had just returned to his native Chile to photograph anti-Pinochet protests. He and Quintana were captured, then beaten, splashed with gas, set fire, then dumped outside Santiago, where they were later found by local residents. At the time, Pinochet suggested the two had set themselves on fire.

Source: 7 Army Officers Arrested for 1986 Attack on Chilean Democracy Activists | TIME