in chile, they took over by force. in australia we vote them in...
Premier Barry O'Farrell's enforcer in the NSW upper house has spoken in praise of the Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, whose military dictatorship tortured and killed tens of thousands.
Wednesday marked forty years since the elected government of the socialist party's Salvador Allende in Chile was overthrown by a military coup that installed Augusto Pinochet, who led the country for 16 years.
Peter Phelps, MLC, the Liberal whip in the NSW Legislative Council, marked the occasion with a speech in praise of the dictator who died before he could stand trial for 300 charges of human rights violations.
"Tonight I make the case for Augusto Pinochet," Mr Phelps's speech began. "There are many who believe that General Pinochet was a reluctant hero, a morally courageous man," he said, while praising the dictator for putting Chile on a capitalist path.
"Yes, Pinochet killed people. If anyone knows of any other way to overthrow a government than by military force, then let me hear about it."Sometimes it is necessary to do bad things to prevent terrible things from happening."
Academic accounts of Pinochet's regime have found between 2000 to 3000 of his opponents were killed during his reign. A further 30,000 are said to have been tortured by methods including electrocution and being thrown from planes.
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