Originally blogged in 2013 this opinion piece is being shared again as another anniversary of the 1973 bloody coup in Chile passes us by.
We should never forget the atrocities carried out in Pinochet's name nore the support and hospitality Tory UK PM Margaret Thatcher showered on General Pinochet.
This blog however remembers one young victim of Pinochet, a woman called Carmen Quintana.
2013 Commentary: There is a lot of western hypocrisy right now concerning Syria and the Middle East. This is nothing new. A report by the BBC concerning one victim of former Chilean dictator General Pinochet brought memories of former U.K. P.M. Mrs Thatcher and her support of that man flooding back.
"Forty years ago [in 1973], Gen Augusto Pinochet seized power in Chile - 17 years of military rule followed, during which thousands of people were tortured or killed. One woman who was doused with kerosene and set on fire, survived to tell the tale." -- BBC News
33 years ago Carmen Quintana, 18, a young student, was on the streets of Chile with others protesting against the brutal regime of Pinochet. Two days of strikes in protest against the regime were planned. It was day one -- July 2, 1986
Carmen was a feisty young woman who held strong political views. Brought up in an environment of political awareness she was prepared to speak out against the terrible regime, which at that time held the people of Chile in an iron grip.
Carmen and others worked tirelessly to garner support for the strike and protests.
"Eighteen-year-old Carmen was a serious young woman with thick bushy hair, from a left-wing family fiercely opposed to the Pinochet regime. From an early age she had gone with her parents on anti-government demonstrations - and had witnessed first-hand the repression meted out by the feared Carabineros, Pinochet's jackbooted police. We believed in what we were doing, and we thought we could bring about change."
Where was the West?
One crucial fact was that those protesting were on the left of politics. Pinochet led an extreme right-wing regime. The west chose its position and did nothing.
The protesters made their way to the rally expecting it to be a straight-forward protest. What they did not bargain for was the much-feared Carabineros, Pinochet's jackbooted police. Speaking from her home country of almost 30 years, Canada, where she was given refuge, Carmen, now a married mother of three and aged 45 in 2013, recalls events of the day:
Op-ed: Registering properties and businesses in off shore tax havens may not be new but does that make it acceptable?
When one of the most divisive Prime Ministers of the UK, Mrs Thatcher, died in 2013 it was shocking to see parties and celebrations in parts of the UK; the old Wizard of Oz song Ding Dong the Witch is Dead looked set to rule the pop charts.
But although it maybe was shocking to some people it was neither unexpected nor surprising.
Some protesters chose to visit London so that they could turn their back on the funeral cortege of Margaret Thatcher as it wound its way through London.
The pomp, ceremony and heightened security of Thatcher's funeral cost the British public a pretty penny but why? Unlike so many families in the UK the Thatcher's were not struggling to meet the costs of a funeral.
Few other former Prime Ministers have been so costly or so divisive but of course it was Thatcher' funeral plan.
Whether she planned the funeral was contested in 2013; see the two following reports:
But either way following this week's tax haven revelations we are highlighting this old story from 2013.
Margaret Thatcher’s property valued at £12.5mil was registered in an off shore tax haven.
(Thatcher's children were hardly desperate for money - "Thatcher, who died in April, left £4.7 million to her family in her will, with a third each going to her children Mark and Carol, and the remaining third to be shared between her grandchildren when they reach 25.")
The property may have been in the UK but it was registered off shore saving Thatcher's kids a fortune in taxes and robbing the treasury of a great deal of revenue.
In 2013 we the people were sick to the back teeth of budget cuts and talk of austerity to pay the country's deficit down and now we realise why the UK was and is in such a pickle.
Rubbing salt into financial wounds Thatcher not only cost the country during her life and in death she actually robbed the treasury in death.
Sunday various UK Ministers including the PM are publishing their latest tax returns.
But do these returns show the real picture?
We already know from panama leaks earlier this week that Mossack Fonesca, the secretive company helping the rich hide their wealth from the taxman, is not alone.
And we already know Mossack Fonesca helped at least one customer by offering a substitute for tax avoidance and secrecy.
Most people will not care if the panama data leaks are all about attacking a few for hidden agendas including Cameron for his vow to shut down or restrict off shore tax havens; most ordinary people will just be sickened by a government hell bent on making the poor and vulnerable that bit worse off while our government laughs all the way to the bank.
Some will call Cameron's bad news week Karma.
Expert Richard Murphy, of Tax Research, said: “It has always been strange that Margaret Thatcher, that most British of prime ministers, enjoyed the benefits of a property registered in the British Virgin Islands.
David Cameron's mother gave PM £200,000 gift