Pope Benedict XVI's three-day visit to
According to an official
Following their forced eviction by anti-riot police clad in black uniforms, the dissidents, including an 82-year-old man, said they were beaten and taken to a police station, where they were interrogated for five hours before being conditionally released. They had wanted to submit a petition to the pope, and to voice their demands for democracy and human rights, they said.
How usual is it for a cardinal to ask police to evict peaceful protesters from a Church, I asked some of the biggest international human rights groups and best-known international law experts.
Recalling my days as a foreign correspondent during the rightist dictatorships of South and
"I have never seen anything like this," said
Vivanco recalled that in 1977 and 1978, during Chilean dictator Gen.
"It wouldn't have crossed any Chilean bishop's mind to call the police," Vivanco said. "Chilean Cardinal
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