Chile changes terminology for military government

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Posted: Jan 04, 2012 3:57 PM
Chile changes terminology for military government

Chile's National Education Council has decided to change the description of the country's former military government from "dictatorship" to "regime" in the nation's school textbooks.

The council approved the change during a special session in December, but the move wasn't publicly known until the digital daily El Dinamo reported on it Wednesday.

Education Minister Harald Beyer said Wednesday that the government decided to change to "a more general term" after many educators weighed in on the issue for textbooks read by children in the first through sixth grades.

More than 3,000 members of the opposition were killed during the military government headed by Gen. Augusto Pinochet from 1973-1990.