Monday, October 19, 1998 Published at 05:29 GMT 06:29 UK
Clashes at British residence in Chile
Supporters of General Pinochet wave Chilean flags during the protests
Supporters of the former Chilean leader General Augusto Pinochet have been involved in violent demonstrations outside the British ambassador's residence in Santiago.
Heavy security had been placed around the building following demonstrations on Saturday.
The protesters have been fuelled by Chilean nationalism and indignation about what they see as the cowardly arrest of an old man who had just undergone an operation.
The man who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990 is under police guard in London while the British courts process an extradition order from Spain.
He flew to London last week for an operation on a herniated disc.
The BBC's South America Correspondent, James Reynolds, says that following the arrest of General Pinochet, the right wing has succeeded in taking the initiative in Chile.
Isabel Allende, whose father Salvador Allende was killed in 1973 in the coup which brought the military to power, said the arrest was a "unique opportunity for Pinochet to answer for the human rights violations during his regime."
But the government of President Eduardo Frei - a long-time political opponent of Gen Pinochet - is formally protesting at Britain's action.
The British government has responded by saying Gen Pinochet was not an "accredited diplomat".
More than 3,000 people are estimated to have been killed by the armed forces and the secret police between 1973 and 1990.
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.
Relatives of those who were killed during Gen Pinochet's rule have filed charges against him despite the amnesty law.
He is currently facing 13 different charges in Chile ranging from state terrorism to genocide.