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In pictures: Pinochet wake

Mourners pay their last homage to Gen Pinochet

Hundreds of supporters have begun filing past the coffin of Chile's former military ruler, Gen Augusto Pinochet, in the capital, Santiago.

A woman holds a portrait of Gen Pinochet

Gen Pinochet, who ruled Chile for 17 years, was a divisive figure whose death on Sunday sparked emotional scenes.

Supporters of Gen Pinochet hold up his picture

His followers gathered outside Santiago's Military Academy to await the arrival of the coffin carrying the general's body.

A flag-waving opponent of Gen Pinochet

But his opponents took to the streets to celebrate the demise of a man who was accused of dozens of human rights abuses.

Members of Gen Pinochet's family comfort each other

Gen Pinochet's family including his son, Marco Antonio Pinochet (R), and his sister, Maria Veronica (L), attended a wake for the late leader.

Relatives and followers of Gen Pinochet attend a funeral mass at the Military Academy in Santiago, Chile

There will be no state funeral or period of national mourning. Gen Pinochet will be buried with military honours on Tuesday.






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