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Screening of documentary celebrating late Chilean dictator Pinochet sparks clash in Santiago

Luis Hidalgo / AP

A group of actors perform a woman being tortured during a protest against the premiere of a documentary about the late Gen. Augusto Pinochet in Santiago, Chile, on Sunday. Police used tear gas and water cannons to try to disperse hundreds of anti-Pinochet demonstrators against the documentary about the run-up to his dictatorship years and casting him as a national hero who saved Chile from communism.

Victor Ruiz Caballero / AP

Supporters hold pictures of Gen. Augusto Pinochet during the screening of a documentary in a downtown theater. The film casts Pinochet as a national hero who saved Chile from communism and who died victimized by leftists who accused him of embezzlement and human rights crimes.

Demonstrators holding posters with the portraits of missing or killed relatives stand a protest in front of the Caupolican Theatre. A ceremony honoring Pinochet has triggered a firestorm of controversy, pitting the right to free speech against relatives of regime victims who would like to see the event banned. Some 4,000 supporters of the general are expected at a Sunday screening of a new pro-Pinochet documentary at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago celebrating his military dictatorship.

Victor Ruiz Caballero / AP

Supporters chant slogans during the screening of a documentary on Gen. Augusto Pinochet in a downtown theater in Santiago. The film casts Pinochet as a national hero who saved Chile from communism and who died victimized by leftists who accused him of embezzlement and human rights crimes.

Felipe Trueba / EPA

Antiriot police a subdue a person during a protest against a tribute to the late Chilean dictatorship Augusto Pinochet. Thousands of protestors gathered in downtown Santiago to protest against the Eleven September Corporation showing a documentary praising Pinochet.

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