There is some mystery as to whether Herriart is 98 or 99 years old. Most of the media stated that she is 99 years old, but according to her birth certificate she would have been 98 when she died.
Some historians have argued that Heriart was one of the instigators of the military coup against Socialist President Salvador Allende. That coup brought her husband to power. Harriet was one of Pinochet’s most important personal and political advisors during his reign. Her death was announced by a short statement from her son Marco Antonio Pinochet.
Shortly after the death of the former dictator’s widow was announced, several hundred people took to the streets in Santiago to celebrate the news.
Ⓒ National Ports Agency / Agence France-Presse
Hiriart was not very popular among much of the Chilean population. As news of her death spread in Chile, many motorists took to the road to celebrate her death. People also gathered in the “Plaza de Italia” in the center of the capital, Santiago, to express their joy.
But to Pinochet’s supporters, large numbers of whom are still in the country after more than thirty years of his regime, Harriet was precisely a woman who devoted her life to the national interest. Her death comes three days before the country’s presidential elections between the leftist Gabriel Borek and the far-right candidate Jose Antonio Caste, who defends the Pinochet regime.
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