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Chile honor the memory of Rodrigo Rojas, 26 years after his death

Politics Santiago de Chile, Chile - 02 July 2012

Rodrigo Andrés Rojas De Negri, born in Valporaíson, Chile in 1967, was a photographer who was burned alive in 1986, aged 19, during a demonstration against dictator Augusto Pinochet and died on July 6 the same year.

Rodrigo was part of a small group of protestors on July 2, 1986 and, depending on the version, was accidently or intentionally set on fire with one of his friend and died of his burns and injuries a few day ater after being found by agricultural workers in an irrigation ditch.

Celebrations were organised around the country for the 26th anniversary of his death, as seen on the pictures taken on July 2, 2012 in Santiago, Chile.

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Our contributor writes:

Andrés Rodrigo Rojas de Negri, 19 years old, was a photographer. Was habitually resident in the United States and was in Chile for six weeks before the events that led to his death.

At dawn on July 2, 1986, the first day of national strike, went with other young people to participate in the erection of a barricade-bonfire. He was arrested along with a young member of the group, by members of a military patrol, one of which led to the place incendiary devices that young people had left behind abandoned.
Later, in a confusing incident that has been contested in court, there was inflammation of the two detainees. The military put out the fire engulfing the two young men in blankets.
Then they boarded a military vehicle and left abandoned far from the place of detention. Later they were aided by individuals and collected by police officers, who made them in a private car transport to a hospital where they received medical attention. Only managed to save the girl. Rodrigo Rojas died on July 6 at the Central Hospital.
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