“Before the military coup I remembered that everyone would talk about their political point of views, about what they believed with anyone and we felt free to dream about whatever we could dream of — like how we could change society,’’ said Huaiquian.
After the coup, “we realized that we couldn’t really trust everyone and I didn’t feel as free to talk,” she said.
In a dimly-lit wine bar in the artistic neighborhood of Lastarria, Javiera Parada relived the tragic day when her father, Jose Manuel Parada, was kidnapped by the military regime. She was 11 years old.
He was found the next day with his throat slit.
Her grandfather also went missing and his body wasn’t recovered until the year 2000.
“I was a child and, for me, my life was just cut in two,’’ she said. “I felt like it couldn’t be happening. I couldn’t believe that my father was dead.’’
Parada, 39, said she really can’t forgive those who killed her father and harmed her grandfather.
But now the artist and producer thinks the country is moving in the right direction.
“The generation of people who were born after the dictatorship, I call them the generation without fear,’’ Parada said.
“I believe in my country now,’’ she said.
Parada said she agrees with President Sebastián Piñera who has spoken about the need for more truth and justice and for people to share any information they have about those who disappeared during the 17 years of the dictatorship.
“There is a lot of work still to be done if we are to have a culture of human rights in the country,’’ she said.
And she said people should keep on demanding justice.
“We should never let it go. After WWII, we agreed that these kinds of crimes should be judged,’’ Parada said.
The 31-year-old accountant doesn’t believe there will justice for the victims of the military dictatorship.
“No, never, oh no,’’ he said. “It’s going to be really difficult to get justice. For me, as long as the military doesn’t tell people the truth about the whereabouts of the missing people, there will not be forgiveness from the Chileans.”
Still, he hopes that someday, some how many more of those who committed crimes during the dictatorship will be judged.