Sites of Hurtful Memory
A memorial service for missing dissidents, held at the gates to the stadium in 1999 on the anniversary of the 1973 military coup of General Augusto Pinochet. Immediately following the 1973 coup, the stadium—a national sports venuebecame a detention center for political prisoners. At the stadium, an estimated 7,000 people were imprisoned, many of them tortured and/or murdered. According to some official reports, the fate of more than 1,000 people who disappeared during the Pinochet regime remains unknown. Photo: AP/Wide World Photos, Roberto Candia.