Sunday, October 18, 1998 Published at 03:01 GMT 04:01 UK
Chileans react with disbelief
Supporters of Ge Pinochet outside the Spanish embassy in Santiago
News of the arrest of Chile's former dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, has been greeted with a mixture of anger, delight and disbelief in his homeland.
Many say this is a day they thought they would never see.
Viviana Diaz, president of the Families of the Disappeared, said: "For us it's very good news. We had asked British Prime Minister Tony Blair for this, not to let Pinochet leave."
Ms Diaz said she hoped Gen Pinochet would be questioned so he could "answer as to the fate of our loved ones."
Socialist deputy Fanny Pollarollo said Chile would have to respect the Spanish judges' decision and said: "Pinochet will have to answer for his crimes."
Among the general's supporters there has been a sense of shock and anger.
Gen Pinochet's son, Augusto Pinochet Hiriart, said the arrest was a "transgression against international norms".
He addressed an angry crowd outside the British ambassador's residence in Santiago on Saturday.
Some of the 200-strong crowd threw eggs and stones at the building before moving on to protest at the Spanish embassy.
Deputy Pablo Longueira, head of the Independent Democratic Union, called Gen Pinochet's arrest "an insult to all Chileans."
A spokesman for the Pinochet Foundation, retired general Luis Cortes Villa, said the arrest was "an act of cowardice, because he was sleeping when police arrived at his room in the clinic."
Several political parties have called emergency meetings to plan their response.
An amnesty law was passed in 1978 by Gen Pinochet which prevented any member of the armed forces - including its commander-in-chief - from being tried for human rights abuses.
He is currently facing 13 different charges in Chile ranging from state terrorism to genocide.