Weekly News Update on the Americas
Issue #1165, February 24, 2013

1. Chile: Pinochet Was Planning New Coup in 1988
2. Honduras: US-Trained Unit Implicated in Aguán Abuses
3. Mexico: Juárez Rights Activist Seeks Asylum in US
4. Dominican Republic: Protesters Demand Review of Barrick Contract
5. Haiti: Duvalier and UN Blow Off Victims’ Claims--Again
6. Links to alternative sources on: Latin America, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti

ISSN#: 1084 922X. Weekly News Update on the Americas covers news from Latin America and the Caribbean, compiled and written from a progressive perspective. It has been published weekly by the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York since 1990. It is archived at  http://weeklynewsupdate.blogspot.com. For a subscription, write to  weeklynewsupdate@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter at  http://twitter.com/WeeklyNewsUpdat.

*1. Chile: Pinochet Was Planning New Coup in 1988
Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) had plans to foment violence and declare a state of emergency if he lost an Oct. 5, 1988 plebiscite on his regime, according to declassified US documents that the DC-based research group National Security Archive posted on its website on Feb. 22. The plebiscite, mandated by Pinochet’s own 1980 Constitution, gave Chileans a choice between voting “yes” to have the general remain president for eight more years or voting “no” to end the dictatorship and hold a presidential election in 1989. The “no” option won with 54.7% of the vote to 43% for “yes”; some 98% of eligible voters participated.

According to the declassified documents, as early as May 1988 the military became concerned about a possible loss and decided that the “no” couldn’t be allowed to win. On Sept. 30 then-US ambassador Harry Barnes warned the administration of US president Ronald Reagan about the “imminent possibility of government-staged coup.” [...]

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