By Scott Corrales
Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
UFO Digest Latin America Correspondent
J.J. Benítez: UFO Buzzed Chile’s Pinochet Before Coup Attempt
Mexico’s NOTIMEX news agency published an interesting news item yesterday: a statement by Spanish UFO researcher / novelist J.J. Benítez suggesting that former Chilean strongman Augusto Pinochet’s estancia was visited by a UFO on September 7, 1986.
The object hovered over the property and was seen by “the General and all of the Police forces,” said Benitez, author of the millon-selling Caballo de Troya series of novels (a mixture of religion, science-fiction and ufology) and the landmark UFO books Encuentro en Montaña Roja and Tempestad en Bonanza, among dozens of others.
Benítez made these remarks in Santiago de Chile on a visit to the International Book Fair (Feria Internacional del Libro) to the Publimetro website. “A day before the coup attempt against General Pinochet, a UFO hovered over his estate and was seen by all the Police forces, his entire escort, the Carabineros – everyone, both inside and out. Weapons were drawn and bedlam ensued.”
The Notimex article goes on to add that on September 7, 1986 a commando raid by elements of the FPMR group (Frente Patriótico Manuel Rodríguez) ambushed the dictator’s motorcade as it traveled through the Cajón del Maipo region outside the capital city of Santiago. Five escorts were killed during the attack, and Pinochet himself sustained injuries.
“This case, while not very important, as seeing an unknown object over a site is not uncommon, is nonetheless relevant given the stature of the political figure involved. This case has never been declassified and I doubt it ever will.”
Quoting Publímetro, the Notimex article adds that Benítez has been very critical of UFO declassification efforts, even with what has gone on in Chile. “People will never learn the truth unless the Pentagon or NATO, its errand-boy, wants them to.”
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(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology)