Chilean President Gabriel Boric defended democracy on the 50th anniversary of the coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. The military dictatorship that followed lasted almost two decades and was marked by human rights violations and persecution of opponents. Boric emphasized that a coup or violation of human rights is never justifiable. The anniversary has sparked political polarization and protests in Chile, with divisions between the ruling party and the right-wing opposition. Boric condemned the violent acts during the protests and called for unequivocal support for the victims of the dictatorship. His government aims to locate the remaining missing victims of the regime.