Monday, October 19, 1998 Published at 07:23 GMT 08:23 UK
Pinochet supporters protest in Chile
Communists in Santiago back the arrest
Violence has erupted in the Chilean capital, Santiago, as demonstrators supporting the former dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, protested against his arrest in London.
Police arrested General Pinochet at a London clinic on Friday at the request of Spanish judges investigating killings allegedly committed during his 17-year reign in Chile.
The decision over his extradition to Spain for trial on murder charges may take months.
Extradition is likely to be fiercely opposed by Chile, which claims that as a life senator, General Pinochet should enjoy diplomatic status.
This has been dismissed by UK Trade and Industry Secretary, Peter Mandelson, who said most Britons would find it "gut-wrenching" to give General Pinochet - a "brutal dictator" - diplomatic immunity.
On Monday, the Chairman of the House of Commons human rights group, Labour MP Ann Clwyd, will table a parliamentary motion calling for "close co-operation" with the Spanish authorities.
Joy in London
The 82-year-old general was detained by police while in a private London hospital for a back operation.
It is thought that he is being held in a clinic where he is recuperating after surgery.
Demonstrators supporting the arrest gathered outside the clinic, chanting their approval.
General Pinochet seized power from socialist President Salvador Allende in a violent coup in 1973, and ruled Chile for 17 years, during which time 3,197 political opponents were allegedly killed.
A further 1,102 people are still unaccounted for.
The arrest was welcomed by politicians and human rights groups.
"I certainly think this is a lesson that is very important.
"It is possible for the UK Government to show that they are very serious about human rights."