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Jefe del Ejército Carlos Prats
Jefe del Ejército Carlos Prats
Published: 2014/10/01
Channel: Fuerzas Armadas de Chile
DiFilm - Asesinato del General Carlos Prats en Buenos Aires 1974
DiFilm - Asesinato del General Carlos Prats en Buenos Aires 1974
Published: 2015/01/17
Channel: DiFilm
La "estrecha" relación de Carlos Prats con Augusto Pinochet
La "estrecha" relación de Carlos Prats con Augusto Pinochet
Published: 2016/03/01
Channel: Cultura Verdadera
Homenaje a General Carlos Prats
Homenaje a General Carlos Prats
Published: 2014/10/01
Channel: Senador Alberto Espina
Ejército chileno rinde homenaje a Carlos Prats y a su esposa
Ejército chileno rinde homenaje a Carlos Prats y a su esposa
Published: 2014/10/01
Channel: teleSUR tv
GENERAL CARLOS PRATS GONZALEZ VICTIMA DE LA DICTADURA CHILENA
GENERAL CARLOS PRATS GONZALEZ VICTIMA DE LA DICTADURA CHILENA
Published: 2014/10/01
Channel: NUEVA RECOLET
SYND 5 10 74 THE FUNERAL OF THE ASSASSINATED GENERAL PRATS IN SANTIAGO
SYND 5 10 74 THE FUNERAL OF THE ASSASSINATED GENERAL PRATS IN SANTIAGO
Published: 2015/07/23
Channel: AP Archive
PINOCHET Nieto de Prats ESCUPE URNA Ordinario!!!
PINOCHET Nieto de Prats ESCUPE URNA Ordinario!!!
Published: 2006/12/16
Channel: foralliebsch walter
Familia de Carlos Prats avala condena contra ex militares de la DINA
Familia de Carlos Prats avala condena contra ex militares de la DINA
Published: 2010/07/09
Channel: teleSUR tv
Le�n en el homenaje a Carlos Prats
Le�n en el homenaje a Carlos Prats
Published: 2010/07/14
Channel: nacioncl
Réquiem de Chile. René Schneider Chereau - CANAL 13 2010
Réquiem de Chile. René Schneider Chereau - CANAL 13 2010
Published: 2013/01/14
Channel: TomahawkNoticias
Quilapayún - General Prats, usted tenía razón
Quilapayún - General Prats, usted tenía razón
Published: 2010/10/05
Channel: Purpurwich
Postales Bicentenario: Asesinato Carlos Prats
Postales Bicentenario: Asesinato Carlos Prats
Published: 2008/11/26
Channel: Fundación Futuro
Carlos Prats
Carlos Prats' Acting reel
Published: 2014/08/31
Channel: Channel4Bros
Escuela General Carlos Prats - Reportaje Tele13
Escuela General Carlos Prats - Reportaje Tele13
Published: 2012/08/08
Channel: RTVCHD
Hijas del General Prats demandaron al Estado Chileno
Hijas del General Prats demandaron al Estado Chileno
Published: 2011/03/31
Channel: teleSUR tv
Homenaje al Comandante Carlos Prats (1915-1974)
Homenaje al Comandante Carlos Prats (1915-1974)
Published: 2006/11/27
Channel: Nicolás Bianchi
Presidenta asistió a responso en memoria del General Carlos Prats González y Sofía Cuthbert
Presidenta asistió a responso en memoria del General Carlos Prats González y Sofía Cuthbert
Published: 2014/09/30
Channel: REVO 3.0 CHILE
Intervenciones Florales en Escuela General Carlos Prats - Parte 1
Intervenciones Florales en Escuela General Carlos Prats - Parte 1
Published: 2015/11/10
Channel: Escuela Chilena de Flores de Bach
Waka-Waka versión ODB oratorios :D
Waka-Waka versión ODB oratorios :D
Published: 2010/06/21
Channel: wakawakachile
Discurso de Sofia Prats Cuthbert en homenaje a Carlos Prats y Sofía Cuthbert en MMDH
Discurso de Sofia Prats Cuthbert en homenaje a Carlos Prats y Sofía Cuthbert en MMDH
Published: 2013/10/04
Channel: Museo de la Memoria y DDHH
Chile: conmemoran 40 aniversario del asesinato del comandante Prats
Chile: conmemoran 40 aniversario del asesinato del comandante Prats
Published: 2014/09/30
Channel: teleSUR tv
Mannequin Challenge Escuela Gral Carlos Prats
Mannequin Challenge Escuela Gral Carlos Prats
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: Escuela General Carlos Prats González
Resúmen año 2014 Escuela General Carlos Prats
Resúmen año 2014 Escuela General Carlos Prats
Published: 2014/12/21
Channel: Escuela General Carlos Prats González
ESCUELA Carlos Prats de Huechuraba 2016
ESCUELA Carlos Prats de Huechuraba 2016
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: fernando pairican
Primer "We Tripantu" (Año Nuevo Mapuche) - Escuela General Carlos Prats
Primer "We Tripantu" (Año Nuevo Mapuche) - Escuela General Carlos Prats
Published: 2016/06/26
Channel: Escuela General Carlos Prats González
Sofía Prats: "Pinochet no pudo ser juzgado, pero fue el autor intelectual del crimen"
Sofía Prats: "Pinochet no pudo ser juzgado, pero fue el autor intelectual del crimen"
Published: 2014/09/30
Channel: cnnchile
Intervenciones Florales en Escuela General Carlos Prats - Parte 2
Intervenciones Florales en Escuela General Carlos Prats - Parte 2
Published: 2015/11/10
Channel: Escuela Chilena de Flores de Bach
Bases neurològiques del raonament moral | Rebeca Martínez i Carlos Prats
Bases neurològiques del raonament moral | Rebeca Martínez i Carlos Prats
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: Manolo Martí
Fedach - Noticia TVN homenaje a Prats 2014
Fedach - Noticia TVN homenaje a Prats 2014
Published: 2014/10/18
Channel: FEDACh 2a.época
Corte de Apelaciones aumenta indemnizacion a hijas de Carlos Prats
Corte de Apelaciones aumenta indemnizacion a hijas de Carlos Prats
Published: 2014/05/27
Channel: diablovampiro
Día del Profesor 2015 - Escuela General Carlos Prats
Día del Profesor 2015 - Escuela General Carlos Prats
Published: 2015/10/17
Channel: Escuela General Carlos Prats González
Comunidad Participa 2016 - Taller de Baile
Comunidad Participa 2016 - Taller de Baile
Published: 2016/06/18
Channel: Escuela General Carlos Prats González
45° Aniversario Escuela Carlos Prats González  Huechuraba, Octubre 2015
45° Aniversario Escuela Carlos Prats González Huechuraba, Octubre 2015
Published: 2015/10/13
Channel: HuechurabaTeVe
Carlos Prats
Carlos Prats
Published: 2016/01/08
Channel: WikiAudio
Chile: familiares de Carlos Prats processam Estado chileno
Chile: familiares de Carlos Prats processam Estado chileno
Published: 2011/04/01
Channel: teleSURpt
postales bicentenario:asesinato carlos prats
postales bicentenario:asesinato carlos prats
Published: 2012/01/27
Channel: cesar199048
Caídas de fails en un trampolín aburrido
Caídas de fails en un trampolín aburrido
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: Juan Carlos Prats Viesca
LUIS CARLOS PRATS EL "PERIODISTA" NAZI DE BRASIL.
LUIS CARLOS PRATS EL "PERIODISTA" NAZI DE BRASIL.
Published: 2014/06/12
Channel: Enrique Box
Alianza Amarilla
Alianza Amarilla
Published: 2016/12/26
Channel: Escuela General Carlos Prats González
Entrevista a Alcalde Carlos Cuadrado Prats
Entrevista a Alcalde Carlos Cuadrado Prats
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: HuechurabaTeVe
Final dia del profe 2014
Final dia del profe 2014
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: Raúl Zúñiga
Fiestas Patrias Escuela Carlos Prats  Huechuraba, Septiembre 2015
Fiestas Patrias Escuela Carlos Prats Huechuraba, Septiembre 2015
Published: 2015/09/28
Channel: HuechurabaTeVe
Carlos Prats Quarter 2 Playing Test
Carlos Prats Quarter 2 Playing Test
Published: 2015/01/13
Channel: Carlos Prats
Programa "Mujer trabaja tranquila"
Programa "Mujer trabaja tranquila"
Published: 2014/09/12
Channel: HuechurabaTeVe
CUECA EN CARLOS PRATS
CUECA EN CARLOS PRATS
Published: 2013/09/11
Channel: Darling Rubilar
Conecta2 - Carlos Prat
Conecta2 - Carlos Prat
Published: 2012/03/16
Channel: conecta2viva
Video Jornada Nacional PEI MINEDUC Esc Gral Carlos Prats 28/10/2014
Video Jornada Nacional PEI MINEDUC Esc Gral Carlos Prats 28/10/2014
Published: 2014/10/27
Channel: Escuela General Carlos Prats González
Comunidad Participa 2016 - Taller de baile apoderados
Comunidad Participa 2016 - Taller de baile apoderados
Published: 2016/06/18
Channel: Escuela General Carlos Prats González
Kinder Carlos Prats
Kinder Carlos Prats
Published: 2011/11/28
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Carlos Prats
Gral. Prats.jpg
Commander-in-chief of the Chilean Army
In office
October 27, 1970 – August 23, 1973
President Salvador Allende
Preceded by René Schneider
Succeeded by Augusto Pinochet
Chilean Minister of the Interior
In office
November 2, 1972 – March 27, 1973
President Salvador Allende
Preceded by Jaime Suárez
Succeeded by Gerardo Espinoza
Chilean Minister of National Defense
In office
August 9, 1973 – August 23, 1973
President Salvador Allende
Preceded by Clodomiro Almeyda
Succeeded by Orlando Letelier
Personal details
Born (1915-02-24)February 24, 1915
Talcahuano, Chile
Died September 30, 1974(1974-09-30) (aged 59)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Chilean
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Sofía Cuthbert (m. 1944–74) - died with her husband
Children Sofía
Angélica
Cecilia
Signature

General Carlos Prats González (February 24, 1915 – September 30, 1974) was a Chilean Army officer and minister in the Salvador Allende's government, despite being at the time the Commander-in-chief of the Chilean Army. Immediately after General Augusto Pinochet's September 11, 1973 coup, Prats went into voluntary exile in Argentina. The following year, he and his wife were assassinated in Buenos Aires by a car bomb, revealed as committed by the DINA.

Background[edit]

Carlos Prats González was born in Talcahuano in 1915, the oldest son of Carlos Prats Risopatrón and Hilda González Suárez. He joined the Army in 1931, and graduated at the top of his class.

In 1935, he was commissioned as an artillery officer. Three years later he became a Sub Lieutenant. Soon he returned to the Military Academy, this time as a teacher. He taught there and at the War Academy until 1954. In 1944, he married Sofia Cuthbert Chiarleoni, with whom he had three daughters.

In 1954, Prats González was promoted to Major, and sent to the military mission in the US, as adjunct military attaché, where he served until 1958. That year he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and returned as teacher to the War Academy. In 1961, he became commander of the Artillery Regiment Nº3 “Chorrillos”, and in 1963, became commander of the Regiment Nº1 “Tacna”.

In 1964, he was promoted to Colonel and sent as military attaché to Argentina. He returned to Chile in 1967 as commander of the III Army Division. In 1968 he was promoted to Brigade General and Chief of the General Staff. The following year he was promoted to Division General.

Public role during the Allende years[edit]

Salvador Allende with Carlos Prats and other commanders of the armed forces of Chile during the Military parade.

General Prats became the head of the "constitutionalists", all members of the armed forces who supported the Schneider Doctrine. With time, he became the Army's strongest supporter of President Allende, and was appointed as a member of his cabinet several times. Allende appointed him as vice-President in 1972 (The Chilean Constitution does not have a standing vice-presidential office; rather, the sitting Minister of the Interior, as the senior cabinet minister, is temporarily designated "vice president" only during the President's absence during formal State visits abroad).

Resignation[edit]

On August 22, 1973, the wives of Prats' Generals and officers staged a rally in front of his home, calling him a coward for not restoring civil order in Chile. This event convinced Prats that he had lost support of his fellow officers. The next day he resigned his positions, both as Interior minister and as Commander in Chief of the Army. Only two other generals in favor of a constitutional solution to the political crisis, generals Mario Sepúlveda Squella and Guillermo Pickering (both in key troop command positions), also presented their resignations in a show of support for him. General Augusto Pinochet, previously second in command and thought to be loyal to Allende, was appointed Commander in Chief of the Army, taking over the position on August 23, 1973.

General Prats' retirement removed the last real obstacle to a military coup, which took place three weeks later, on September 11, 1973. Immediately after the coup, on September 15, 1973, General Prats voluntarily went into exile with his wife in Argentina.

Assassination[edit]

Former Chilean General and politician Carlos Prats, after being killed by a car bomb in September 1974

On September 30, 1974, in Buenos Aires, Prats and his wife Sofia were killed outside their apartment, by a radio-controlled car bomb. Debris reached the ninth-floor balcony of the building across the street. Later, it was learned that the assassination was planned by members of the Chilean secret police, DINA. It was committed by the American expatriate and Chilean citizen Michael Townley, who also committed the Orlando Letelier assassination in Washington, DC in 1976.

Legal aftermath and investigations[edit]

The former leaders of DINA, including chief Manuel Contreras, ex-chief of operation and retired general Raúl Iturriaga, his brother Roger Iturriaga, and ex-brigadiers Pedro Espinoza and Jose Zara, have been charged in Chile with Prats' assassination. The Chilean judge investigating the case, Alejandro Solis, exempted Gen. Pinochet from prosecution after the Chilean Supreme court rejected a demand in January 2005 to lift the ex-dictator's immunity .

In Argentina, DINA's civil agent Enrique Arancibia was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for Prats' murder. In 2000 SIDE agent Juan Martín Siga Correa was detained by Argentine officials on the orders of federal judge María Servini de Cubria.[1] Martín Siga Correa was DINA's main connection with the SIDE and with Intelligence Battalion 601, and was also a member of the Tacuara Nationalist Movement.

In 2003, Argentine federal judge María Servini de Cubria asked Chile for the extradition of Mariana Callejas, who was Michael Townley's wife, and Cristoph Willikie Fleent, a retired colonel from the Chilean army; the three together were charged with this crime. But Chilean judge Nibaldo Segura from the Appeals court refused extradition in July 2005, arguing that they had already been prosecuted in Chile.[2]

Italian terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie was reportedly also involved in the murder of General Carlos Prats. Along with fellow extremist Vincenzo Vinciguerra, Delle Chiaie testified in Rome in December 1995 before Judge Servini that Enrique Arancibia Clavel (a former Chilean secret police agent prosecuted for crimes against humanity in 2004[3] and Michael Townley were directly involved in this assassination.[4])

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Jaime Suárez
Minister of the Interior
1972-1973
Succeeded by
Gerardo Espinoza
Preceded by
Clodomiro Almeyda
Minister of Defense
1973
Succeeded by
Orlando Letelier
Military offices
Preceded by
René Schneider
Army Commander-in-chief
1970-1973
Succeeded by
Augusto Pinochet

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