Some Chileans are upset that two people who collaborated with Gen. Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship and an alleged leftist assassin can now get $256 a month in compensation as victims of torture.
Lorena Pizarro, president of a group of families of the detained and disappeared, demanded Monday that a national commission remove socialist Luz Arce and communist Miguel Estay Reyno, who collaborated with Pinochet after being tortured.
Chile's Independent Democratic Union, meanwhile, lamented that former guerrilla leader Galvarino Apablaza Guerra will receive compensation despite being wanted in Chile for the assassination of the right-wing party's founder, Sen. Jaime Guzman, in 1991, after Chile returned to democracy.
It appears that the complaints will go nowhere. Commission President Maria Luisa Sepulveda said the organization's job was to determine whether people suffered torture or political imprisonment, and whatever they may have done later was beyond their mandate.
Apablaza, a militant communist, had been tortured in 1973 and exiled, then returned secretly to Chile in 1986 to lead a revolutionary fringe group. He later fled to Argentina, where he was granted asylum last year despite pleas from President Sebastian Pinera.
Arce suffered savage torture in 1974 until she broke and became a Pinochet collaborator. After Pinochet left power in 1990, she also helped commissioners tallying the dead and disappeared. Estay also broke under torture, and then became a torturer himself for Chile's air force and police. He was eventually convicted and imprisoned.
The commission officially recognized 9,795 more survivors of torture and political imprisonment this month, as well as 30 others people who were killed for political reasons. With its report, the total official number of victims of the 1973-1990 dictatorship grew to 40,043: 36,948 survivors and 3,095 people killed or disappeared. Also killed were 132 agents of the dictatorship.