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Santiago Marathon commemorated victims of the Chilean dictatorship

Santiago de Chile, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Over 30,000 people ran today the Santiago Marathon, which this year coincided with commemorations of the fiftieth anniversary of the coup d'état in Chile and paid tribute to the detainees who disappeared during the dictatorship.

Under the slogan “Neither pardon nor forgetfulness”, the event included races in three distances: 10, 21 and 42 kilometers, all starting and finishing at O’Higgins Park in the capital.

This is one of the largest annual sporting events in the country, where amateurs and professionals compete, and this time it crossed through eight districts.

The marathon was held in the framework of the half-century anniversary of the military coup against the Popular Unity government of President Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973, and was an occasion to remember the victims of Augusto Pinochet’s regime (1973-1990).

For this reason, political and social organizations called on the runners to wear a T-shirt with the photo of a disappeared detainee.

The president of the Socialist Party, Paulina Vodanovic, stressed the importance of remembering those who fell during the dictatorship because, she said, without memory the country cannot move forward.

“We want to pay homage to the 1,200 disappeared detainees,” human rights advocate Gaby Rivera said.

She added that this is an activity of memory and sport held for the second time since 2019 when they gathered more than 700 people who ran for this cause.