René Schneider

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Person.png René Schneider  Rdf-icon.png
(soldier)
Born 1913-12-31
Concepción, Chile
Died 1970-10-25 (Age 56)
Santiago, Chile
Nationality Chilean
The commander-in-chief of the Chilean Army at the time of the 1970 Chilean presidential election, when he was assassinated during a botched kidnapping attempt.

Career

In 1970, the prospect of Salvador Allende winning the Chilean presidency was highly controversial, particularly within the Chilean military, because of his Marxist ideology. Schneider had expressed firm opposition to the idea of preventing Allende's inauguration by means of a coup d'état; as a constitutionalist, he wished to preserve the military's apolitical history.

Death

Killed in an attempted kidnapping in which Tony Sforza was involved.[How?]




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