Barely is the dictator cold in his grave, and already the would-be hagiographers are calling for a monument (or several) to this sick-ass freak…
A group of right-wing politicians has proposed erecting three monuments to Chile’s former military leader, General Augusto Pinochet, who died this month.
The main monument, for which plans have been put to parliament for approval, would be in the capital, Santiago.
BBC correspondents say the government is unlikely to pass the bill. Thousands died during Gen Pinochet’s 17-year rule and he was accused of rights abuses.
But his supporters believe he put Chile on to a path of strong economic growth.
According to the bill presented by politician Ivan Moreira and others, the principal monument to Gen Pinochet would be built outside Chile’s presidential palace, La Moneda.
It would stand in the same square as a monument to Salvador Allende, the elected president overthrown in Gen Pinochet’s 1973 coup.
The other two monuments proposed would be in the northern city of Iquique and in Gen Pinochet’s birthplace, Valparaiso.
Mr Moreira, a Pinochet loyalist, told reporters that if Mr Allende had a monument to him, then so should Gen Pinochet.
Translation: We want a Fair and Balanced ode to fascist dictatorship, dammit! Never mind that in actual fact he ruined the country from top to bottom, economically, socially, politically, spiritually–in the name of Fairness and Balance, we demand that he be hallowed!
If such monuments are erected, they will soon become unofficial public urinals–I guarantee it.
And THAT would be the only true fairness and balance about the whole farce.