Amazon has come under fire for selling T-shirts that glorify the "death flights" of the Chilean military dictatorship, in which left-wing opponents of the regime were dropped by helicopters to hide their killings.
More than 3,000 people were killed or forcibly disappeared during Pinochet's dictatorship of 1973-1990, and in 2001, then-President Ricardo Lagos announced that at least 1
T-shirts that eclipse such atrocities have become popular among right-wing extremists and were publicly offered on Amazon. Here, buyers could choose clothes with Pinochet's face next to pictures of helicopters or slogans like "Free Helicopter Rides".
Survivors of the dictatorship expressed outrage that the e-commerce giant could sell T-shirts that mock violent murders.
At the time when people were thrown into the sea alive by helicopters, "said Chilean author Diamela Eltit to the Guardian.
"This is not only hurtful, but also of incomprehensible cruelty. It shows how the worst part of humanity can be absorbed by the market and turned into a consumer object.
Other T-shirts available at Amazon showed a body in free fall from a helicopter under the headline "Wanna take a ride? "Or showed a helicopter with the legend" Pinochet Is My Co-Pilot ".
A shirt with a helicopter under the legend "Anti-Commie Action" was on Amazon as "the perfect gift for any patriot, Trump supporter, conservative and Republican whom you know."
On request, the Guardian comment on Thursday afternoon, Amazon declined to comment. Most of the clothing soon disappeared from the site, but some were still available.
The popularity of Pinochet T-shirts among US right-wing extremists was first highlighted during the 2017 Rally "Unite the Right" in Charlottesville, Virginia. when white nationalist Christopher Cantwell wore one in an interview with Vice.
Last year, a political storm erupted in Chile when far-right politician José Antonio Kast – fourth in the 2017 presidential election – was pictured alongside a trailer wearing a "Pinochet's helicopter tour" T-shirt.
] Although Kast has often spoken positively about Pinochet's dictatorial regime, the politician said he did not know what the T-shirt said when he was asked to pose for the selfie.
Tens of thousands of people were imprisoned or tortured after Chile's 1973 coup d'état.
In the first month after taking power, Pinochet ordered his military to rally more than 10,000 students, workers and political activists to the National Stadium in Chile as an improvised concentration camp and torture center became.
Earlier this month, Amazon had to draw Christmas decorations with pictures from the Auschwitz concentration camp, during which more than 1 million people were murdered during Ado Hitler's Nazi regime.
Eltit, who founded the Collective of Art Action (Cada) in 1979 as a resistance to censorship during the dictatorship, described the sale of such items to Amazon as a break in society.
"These examples – the Auschwitz Christmas ornaments or T-shirts with bodies thrown into the sea – are a metaphor for how the social pacts that unite us are being broken by free-market consumerism," she said. 19659020]