Early Monday morning, a small explosive device blew-out the windows of a U.S. cultural institute in Viña del Mar, on the Chilean coast. There were no reported injuries and no group claimed responsibility for the blast.
Formally, Obama – who is the first president to visit Chile since President George H.W. Bush – will be welcomed by his Chilean counterpart, President Sebastián Piñera. In a scheduled news conference, Obama is expected to address his no-fly order over Libya for the first time.
A presidential aide said Obama, obviously, wasn't planning to discuss the revolution in Libya when he planned his five-day tour of Latin America.
"The world obviously is a complex place, with a lot of things going on at once, but it's precisely that — a lot of things going on at once," said White House national security aide Daniel Restrepo.
"For the United States and Brazil, two nations who have struggled over many generations to perfect our own democracies, the United States and Brazil know that the future of the Arab world will be determined by its people," Obama said in his speech Sunday.
In that, some Chileans see a paradox as they recall the U.S. support for the overthrow of President Salvador Allende in 1973. Protesters on Sunday in Santiago demanded that Obama apologize to the Chilean people for U.S. interventions before and during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (pee-noh-CHET'). And Obama could face calls for turning over CIA and State Department records from that period to the Chilean judiciary.
"The military intervention signifies the deaths of thousands of people," said Guillermo Teillier, president of the Communist Party. "The exact number of detainees, the disappeared, is unknown."
Based on reporting by The Associated Press and EFE.