Calama Atrocity

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The Calama Atrocity was the killing of 26 political prisoners by the Chilean military in Calama, Chile on October 19, 1973. After the Chilean Army secretly took the victims from their jail cells and shot them their bodies were taken to a remote desert location and hacked apart. Some were buried in a mass grave. Among the victims were Mario Silva Iriate.

The killings were part of the larger Caravan of Death or Caravana de la Muerte, which included the deaths of 75 political prisoners. In charge of the operation was Gen. Sergio Arrellano Stark.

The Nixon administration supported the September 11, 1973 miltiary coup in Chile against the democratically elected government of Pres. Salvador Allende.


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