Monday, 11 January 2010

Chile: Inauguration of Museum of Memory

Today Chile opens its Museo de la Memoria. As The Santiago Times points out, 11 is a highly significant number in Chilean history:
Today, Monday, January 11 2010, President Michelle Bachelet, who leaves office on 11 March, will inaugurate her last large gift to the Chilean people: El Museo de la Memoria, which documents human rights violations during the rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet (11 September 1973 – 11 March 1990).
The article also points out that there has been controversy about the focus of the museum (readers of this blog will easily be able to ask - when isn't there?).

The Interamerican Commission of Human Rights (CIDH) approves. And Vargas Llosa is there too, apparently - which makes sense as he's supposed to be installing a similar project in Peru. Plus he's sticking his nose in another country's elections so it's all very convenient.

That aside, I'm looking forward to reviews of the museum.

Opening Chile's Human Rights' 'Memory Museum' A Showdown of the Elevens (Santiago Times)
Chile: inauguran Museo en homenaje a victimas de la dictadura (Univision)

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