Chilean Folk Singer Victor Jara Finally at Peace

Thousands of people have attended the funeral of Chilean singer Victor Jara today who has been reburied 36 years after his death in a military coup. Well-wishers scattered flowers as his cortege made its way to a cemetery.

Jara was one of the most prominent victims of the 1973 coup that brought Gen Augusto Pinochet to power. His body was exhumed in June so that a court could clarify the circumstances of his death. It was established that he had been shot more than 30 times.

Jara’s British-born widow Joan, now in her 80s, led the funeral procession as it wound through the streets of the capital, Santiago. The coffin was draped in the singer’s trademark red-and-black woollen poncho.

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