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In pictures: Pinochet funeral

Honour Guard soldiers carry the coffin of Chile's former military ruler Augusto Pinochet

The funeral of Augusto Pinochet has been held in Chile as divisions over the former military ruler's legacy sparked mass mourning and opposition protests.

Lucia Hiriart, widow of former military ruler, arrives at his funeral mass

The Chilean government denied the general a state funeral, so the ceremony was conducted with military honours at the Military Academy in the capital, Santiago.

A Pinochet supporter holds his portrait as she waits to attend his funeral mass

Flags were flown at half-mast and several thousand supporters gathered outside the building, holding photographs of the former leader.

Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, the eldest daughter of Gen Pinochet, stands next to his coffin

His daughter, Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, urged the crowd to keep alive what she called the flame of freedom of his rule.

Helicopter with Gen Pinochet's coffin

After the funeral, Gen Pinochet's body was flown to Concon on the coast to be cremated.

Opponents of Gen Pinochet gather in front of the presidential palace in Santiago

Meanwhile, anti-Pinochet vigils were held outside the presidential palace, La Moneda.

Opponents of Gen Pinochet carry a mock coffin during celebrations of his death in the Chilean capital

The then president, democratically elected Salvador Allende, died there during the 1973 military coup led by Gen Pinochet.

Crowds of family and supporters attend Gen Pinochet's wake attend the wake of his father at the Military Academy in Santiago (11 December)

Gen Pinochet died on Sunday aged 91. More than 3,000 people were killed or "disappeared" during his 17-year rule, and he was accused of human rights abuses.






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