Letter: Chile awakens

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Sir: There are some points that I feel I must take up with Maria Vasquez-Aguilar (letter, 2 December).

While I feel Pinochet should stand trial, I wouldn't be happy if this were done in Spain since the Spanish hardly have clean hands in the matter of Chile and other parts of South America.

For centuries the Spanish conquistadores, settlers and Inquisition made life hell for the indigenous population. Millions are estimated to have died at Spanish hands.

There is also the little matter of the Basques, most of whom are not terrorists and whose treatment by the Spanish government is brutal in the extreme.

Does Senora Vasquez-Aquilar really think the Spanish should be the ones to judge another on the matter of crimes against humanity?


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