Stolen at birth, an adoptee sues Chile over thousands of similar dictatorship-era crimes

Source: SFGate

“A Chilean-American raised in the United States filed a criminal complaint against the state of Chile on Monday, alleging that it engaged in a systematic plan to steal thousands of babies from perceived enemies of the state in the 1970s and 1980s. The case filed by Jimmy Lippert Thyden Gonzalez, 43, aims to advance the task of Chilean prosecutors and human rights groups working on accountability for crimes committed under Gen. Augusto Pinochet. On Sept. 11, 1973, Pinochet led a coup to overthrow Marxist President Salvador Allende, ushering in a period of brutal repression until 1990 during which at least 3,095 people were killed and tens of thousands more were imprisoned and tortured for political reasons. Little more than a year after learning about his origins as one of thousands of Chilean adoptees taken from their biological parents without consent during Pinochet’s dictatorship, Thyden Gonzalez lodged his lawsuit in Santiago, Chile’s capital.” (07/01/24)