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Pedro de Valdivia 2257, Providencia, Santiago

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 23:39:23 -0300 (CLST)

What is at this address?  It's fronted by a fairly high wall, with an
embedded "observation post" (that contains a uniformed guard) and cameras.

The only mention I can find on the web is in the archived records of the
University of Chile's Law Faculty, in 1972 (the year before the coup),
referring to this as their new location.

As far as I know the U's Law facility is the other side of the river from
Plaza Italia, and "always" has been, so my guess is that after the coup
this was seized by the military and is still in use.  But why is it
mentioned nowhere?

There's another address near here I searched for a while back
(unfortunately I can't remember it now) which is a fairly new building - a
large, square bunker, maybe 4 or 5 stories high, with hardly any windows. 
In that case the only hit was as the postal address of some retired
general.  Searching for his name gave testimony to some committee about
some stupid social/religious issue, and then the note that he was
associated with the financial scandal involving Pinochet's hidden millions
in the USA.


Dario Urzua 1780, Providencia, Santiago

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 13:18:14 -0300 (CLST)

This is the address of the other building I refer to above -

It looks like some kind of data centre (rather large, square building, as
big as a very large house, 2 or 3 stories high, with few windows), but
covered in natural stone (it's in quite a posh area).  There appears to be
subterranean level too.

You can see it on google maps here -
- it's the square building just above the marker.

The only relevant text hit google turns up is this -
http://www.anfitrion.cl/actualidad/relacion/jurcomentada/udpfallo1.htm -
which appears to be a page from the official state newspaper (publishes
laws etc).  It concerns the court case to block the showing of Scorsese's
"Last Temptation of Christ", in the appeals and(? relationship unclear -
they may be different names for the same thing?) supreme court.

At one point it refers the "el abogado, don Juan Romero Riquelme,
domiciliado en Darío Urzúa Nº 1780 de Providencia, en su calidad de
Presidente de la "Fundación Mi Casa", institución dedicada al cuidado y
protección de menores" - "the lawyer Juan Romero Riquelme, of Dario Urzua
1780, Providencia, in his role as president of the "Foundation My Home",
an institution dedicated to the care and protection of children".

Now I have no idea how censorship of The Last Temptation of Christ is
related to protecting children, but the building at 1780 looks nothing
like a home for children (or, indeed, a lawyer's residence).

Searching for that name gives
http://www.terra.cl/actualidad/index.cfm?id_reg=566552&id_cat=302 which is
about the Riggs case, described in more detail at

What does Juan Romero Riquelme and the building at Dario Urzua 1780 have
to do with Pinochet's illegal transfer of Chilean funds into a private
bank account?  It turns out that he (Riquelme) is the General Auditor of
the Chilean Army, and that Fundacion Mi Casa was also investigated in
relation to the case.  There's a feature on him near the bottom of this
page -
which says he bought property for Pinochet.

As it happens -
- Riquelme was relieved of his position on 28 Feb 2006.

So, back to Dario Urzua 1780.  Is it where the Chilean Army keeps its
accounts?  I guess it could be a kind of safe deposit type place.  Would
love to hear from anyone with more information...


Someone Else is Concerned

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 08:31:22 -0300


The place in Pedro de Valdivia.  Doesn't have any answers though.

I guess I could go and ask...


It's Police (Carabineros)

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:28:55 -0300


Direccion De Logistica De Carabineros De Chile


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