SANTIAGO – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited on Tuesday Chile’s Museum of Memory, built to honor victims of the 1973-1990 Pinochet dictatorship.
Sanchez, who began the second day of his official visit to the Andean country by meeting with Spanish business executives and representatives of the expatriate community, wrote in the museum’s guest book that he hoped Spain and Chile’s democratic memory “lights a future of peace.”
The prime minister then received the Allende Presidential Medal from Sen. Isabel Allende, daughter of late Chilean President Salvador Allende.
Salvador Allende took his own life when soldiers stormed the presidential palace during the Sept. 11, 1973, coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
“It is charged with symbolism and emotion that I receive Salvador Allende’s Presidential Medal from his daughter and senator Isabel,” Sanchez said on Twitter. “Owners of our own destiny, we build our democracy and forge our freedom.”
Prior to the museum visit, Sanchez told the leaders of Chile’s lower house and Senate, Maya Fernandez and Carlos Montes, respectively, that he became a socialist in response to the horrors of the Pinochet regime.