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Pinochet Foe and Chilean Communist Leader Marin Dies at 63

Chile has declared two days of national mourning for the late Gladys Marin, a leading foe of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Ms. Marin, the longtime leader of Chile's Communist Party, died Sunday at age 63 after suffering from brain cancer.

Ms. Marin fled Chile after the 1973 coup that put General Pinochet in power but returned several years later to organize protests and underground resistance.

In the late 1990s, she was among the first to sue the general for human rights abuses stemming from his 17-year-rule.

Her husband, Jorge Munoz, disappeared after being arrested by the general's security service in 1976.

To the end, Ms. Marin remained an old-style communist who would not support the civilian governments that followed the Pinochet regime.

Her funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.