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Chilean president speaks of her torture under Pinochet

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet speaks during a press conference in Madrid on October 30, 2014Chilean President Michelle Bachelet made rare public remarks Thursday on her detention and torture by the country’s former military regime, saying “maturity” had helped her reconcile with the past. Bachelet was arrested in 1975 by late dictator Augusto Pinochet’s political police and held at the infamous Villa Grimaldi interrogation and torture centre in the capital Santiago — an experience she discussed in an interview for a program on TV network Chilevision. Thousands of people were held at Villa Grimaldi during the dictatorship, of whom 236 were executed or disappeared. Her father, Alberto, was an army general who opposed Pinochet’s 1973 overthrow of socialist president Salvador Allende.

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