Swedish Parliamentarian Urges to Clarify Neruda''s Death

interview by Fausto Triana


Santiago de Chile, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) The Swedish Parliamentarian and Chairman of the Committee in Defense of the Legacy of Pablo Neruda, Torbjon Bjorlund, told to Prensa Latina today that is very important to clarify the cause of death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, although he admitted that in his opinion, there is no doubt that he was killed.

In exclusive statements to Prensa Latina, Bjorlund said that the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) had outside help for committing its atrocities, especially from the United States and the CIA.

The Chairman of the Committee in Defense of the Legacy of Pablo Neruda in Sweden, said that there is much evidence of the maneuvers to undermine the left-wing processes in Latin America and the Caribbean by the CIA.

Latin America and Chile must try to find the truth about the violence unleashed by the right-wing and its attempts to control the leftist governments, Bjorlund said.

The Parliamentarian considers an important issue the delays in sending to Europe the remains of the Nobel Prize in Literature in order to be examined again and try to determine the cause of his death.

'I think it's very important to maintain pressure on the Government of Chile so it grants the necessary resources in order to know the truth about the death of Neruda', Bjorlund said.

The intellectual, professor of philosophy and member of the Left Party of Sweden, said to Prensa Latina that to the very future of Chile, it is crucial to give a closure on the issue of the death of Neruda.

Bjorlund added that the legacy of the writer, revolutionary and friend of Salvador Allende is still recognized in Sweden, where Chilean residents often remember the 1971 Nobel Prize winner.

In another interview granted to Prensa Latina, Manuel Araya, Neruda's personal assistant, said that the poet was killed by the Pinochet dictatorship.

Araya recalled that he first met Neruda when he was 14 years old and then was assigned to work with him, when Neruda returned to Chile in November, 1972.


'I have no doubt that he was murdered', repeated Araya in tune with documents that now seem to confirm his allegation.

The Chilean Ministry of Interior issued an official statement in November in which acknowledged the existence of a document that supports the possibility that indeed Neruda was victim of a murder.


Source: Prensa Latina