Pinochet Dear Chileans: Don't Just Give Venezuela's Opposition Leaders Refuge. Teach Them. By Tim Padgett • Nov 10, 2017 Fernando Llano / AP via Miami Herald COMMENTARY When right-wing military tyrant Augusto Pinochet ruled Chile in the 1970s and 80s, a then-democratic Venezuela gave refuge to Chilean opposition exiles who'd been targeted for prison or “disappearance” under his brutal dictatorship. Miami Versus Pinochet: As Chile Holds An Election, It Recalls Justice in Florida By Tim Padgett • Nov 5, 2013 Center for Justice and Accountability Chile’s northern Atacama Desert is arguably the driest place on Earth. In some parts of it, rainfall has never even been recorded. Which means, if you’re a mass murderer, it’s also a fairly dumb place to bury your victims.