The proposal at first was controversial because of the thriving illegal drug trade: Peru is the world's second largest producer of coca leaves — the source plant for cocaine — and some worried that drug gangs would branch into the marijuana business.
The epicenter was on the southern part of Chiloé island, an area with several national parks. The earthquake caused some minor damage, but no deaths were reported and an initial tsunami alert was later downgraded.
Newly declassified files accuse the Pinochet regime of carrying out an attack in Washington in broad daylight 40 years ago. A car bomb killed Chile's former foreign minister, Orlando Letelier, and a young American woman, Ronni Moffitt.
Forty years ago, Orlando Letelier, a former Chilean diplomat, and, Ronni Moffitt, his assistant, were killed when a bomb taped beneath their vehicle detonated. Francisco Letelier, the diplomat's son, revisits the murder on Washington's Embassy Row.
"Visibility is a very powerful weapon in these discussions. It's basically a performance of oneself. That is one of the most powerful things you can do, being proud of yourself and achieving visibility."
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