Top Story — Chilean police on Sunday used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a crowd of protesters gathered outside a screening of “Pinochet”, a documentary sympathetic to the deceased Chilean dictator who ruled the country from 1973-1990. Anti-Pinochet protesters clashed with Pinochet supporters outside Santiago’s Caupolicán Theater and tried to block theatergoers from entering to see the film, while different groups set up barricades and hurled insults and and eggs. At least ten people were reported arrested. Demonstrators opposed to the film said that the government should have banned the event, which was sponsored by a group of retired military officers and the September 11 Corporation, named for the date of Chile’s 1973 military coup. Some 3,000 Chileans were killed during the military dictatorship, and tens of thousands were tortured, according to official human rights reports. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera’s government said it had to permit the event due to the organizers’ rights to free assembly and expression, a decision upheld by the Court of Appeals.
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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
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- William White, a convicted white supremacist from Virginia, was arrested Friday in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and has been returned to U.S. custody.
- Eight Cuban migrants escaped from a detention camp in Veracruz, Mexico on Friday.
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- Researchers reported Sunday that they may have discovered the lost ancient city known as “Ciudad Blanca” in Honduras after flying over a jungle region with laser mappers.
- Nicaragua is planning to build a $30 billion canal to rival the Panama Canal and open access between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
- The U.S. and Honduran governments have sought to minimize public outrage in the shooting of four Honduran civilians on a river while assisting Honduran security forces in a drug raid last month.
- Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles led a march of thousands through Caracas on Sunday to formally launch his candidacy against ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
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- Investigators from Brazil’s Araguaia Working Group have traveled to northern Pará state to investigate the disappearance of 70 leftist guerrillas murdered during Brazil’s 1964-85 dictatorship.
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