1. Antonio Llidó Mengual, a Spanish priest and leader of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR) in Chile. Below is an article I have translated into English from a Spanish news website.

    "And why won’t you talk, you faggot priest?", asked the torturers of the DINA of Antonio Llidó. "Because of my principles!", the Valencian priest responded while, through violent beatings, he was ordered to inform on the members of the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR) in October, 1974.

    That’s how Edmundo Lebrecht recalled the events, having been the cell mate of Llidó in the detention center on José Domingo Cañas Street in Santiago, and whose testimony was filmed by Andreu Zurriaga, nephew of the priest.

    His final days were marked by horrific acts of torture, which included the application of electric shocks for hours on end. But all the witnesses agree: he did not inform on anybody.

    The strength of his spirit and conscience was a conviction of Llidó’s, who arrived in Chile in 1969 weary of Franquismo and the conservatism of the Spanish Church. He was assigned to the small town of Quillota, within the diocese of Valparaiso.

    The election of socialist Salvador Allende’s government in 1970 helped Llidó to develop strong works in defense of human rights and in bettering the living conditions of peasants and villagers.

    This commitment existed beyond the limits of religion, and in 1971 he joined the group Christians for Socialism and the MIR. That same year the bishop of Valparaiso, the ultra-conservative Emilio Tagle, suspended Llidó’s priestly duties.

    Augusto Pinochet’s coup d’etat in September of 1973 forced Llidó into hiding. Historian Mario Amorós noted in his book “Antonio Llidó, A Revolutionary Priest” that the Valencian priest was not simply another militant, but rather a key member of the MIR party apparatus under the dictatorship.

    Hence, he suffered the brutality of torture after his detention on October 1st, 1974. He was transferred ten days later to the Cuatro Álamos center, from which he was removed on the 25th of October as the only priest on the list of 1,192 disappeared prisoners during the Pinochet dicatorship.

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    Things like this are why I find Chilean political history so interesting. I really hope I’m able to do research there...
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