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Santiago, Chile<br />
October 1988<br />
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Prior to the plebiscite vote a Chilean flag waves in defiance amid a shroud of police tear gas and direct fire of a water canon.<br />
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In October 1988, General Augusto Pinochet ordered a plebiscite vote asking Chilean citizens whether he should continue in office. It produced a decisive "no" vote and the following year he lost the first presidential election in 19 years. However, under a constitution crafted by his advisors, he remained as army commander until 1998. <br />
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Pinochet continued to wield enormous power until his arrest in London on human rights charges in October 1998.