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DATE=10/8/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CHILE/PINOCHET REACT (S-ONLY) NUMBER=2-254795 BYLINE=BILL RODGERS DATELINE=RIO DE JANEIRO CONTENT= INTRO: There is mixed reaction in Chile to the verdict in London to proceed with the extradition of former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, to Spain for prosecution. V-O- A's Bill Rodgers reports from our South American bureau. TEXT: There were cries of despair from some and joyous outbursts from others as the verdict was handed down in London. Supporters and opponents of retired general, Augusto Pinochet, had been holding all-night vigils in Santiago awaiting the ruling. Chilean Human rights groups and family-members of those who were victims of the dictatorship celebrated the decision -- calling it a victory for justice. Some three-thousand people were murdered or disappeared during General Pinochet's 17-year rule -- which began in 1973 when he led a military coup overthrowing socialist President Salvador Allende. At the Pinochet Foundation, supporters vowed to continue the struggle against the general's extradition. Foundation members say they are now pinning their hopes that the ailing 83-year old former dictator will be allowed to return home on humanitarian grounds. (Signed) NEB/WFR/JO 08-Oct-1999 08:50 AM EDT (08-Oct-1999 1250 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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