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Victor Jara Laid to Rest 36 Years After Murder

Victor Jara Laid to Rest 36 Years After Murder Pete Seeger Speaks About Victor Jara

The body of Victor Jara was finally laid to rest today 36 years after he was tortured and murdered in the US-backed military coup that brought General Pinochet to power. Jara was a much loved folk singer and composer and also a member of the Chilean Communist Party. Thousands of people, including his British born wife Joan and the Chilean president, attended the funeral.

Pete Seeger said of him, 'As long as we can sing his songs, Victor Jara will never die'. Footage of Pete Seeger speaking about Victor, from THE POWER OF THEIR SONG / LA FUERZAS DE SUS CANCIONES, a work-in-progress documentary by John Summa and John Travers: http://www.johntravers.com/Pete-%20Victor%20cut%204.mov

More coverage, from Gideon Long in Santiago, reporting for the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8397686.stm