Human Rights Activist Zita Cabello-Barrueto Slated for Litquake


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Human rights activist, author, and filmmaker Zita Cabello-Barrueto will read from her memoir In Search of Spring and speak at a panel discussion as part of Litquake Presents Look Again, Faces on the Wall on Friday, October 16, at 7pm at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., San Francisco. The event is free.

A native of Chile, Dr. Cabello-Barrueto spent 30 years exposing the atrocities of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. Following her brother Winston’s 1973 murder by Pinochet’s notorious Caravan of Death, she worked tirelessly to uncover the truth about Winston’s execution and bring his killer to justice. In 2003, after years of tracking down hundreds of witnesses and with the help of a team of pro-bono lawyers, the Cabello family won a landmark civil judgment in a U.S. federal court against a former Chilean officer responsible for Winston’s death. It was the first jury verdict for crimes against humanity in U.S. history.

October 16, the date of the Litquake event, is particularly meaningful to Cabello-Barrueto, as it marks the 42nd anniversary of the Caravan of Death’s arrival in Copiapo, Chile, where hours later they selected her brother for execution; Winston Cabello Bravo was savagely killed in the early hours of October 17. October 16 is also the date that Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London in 1998 for his role in the Caravan of Death atrocities.

“I hope that In Search of Spring will provide important insights to the millions of Chileans affected by Pinochet’s brutal regime and encourage others to speak out against human rights violations and bring an end to the impunity of perpetrators around the world,” said Cabello-Barrueto. “Seeking justice allowed me to expose the truth about what happened to my brother and many other victims and to challenge the vicious lies of the Pinochet regime. It gave a voice to the victims, who could no longer speak for themselves.”

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