SANTIAGO, Chile – Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has visited the detention and torture center where she was held during the 1973-90 dictatorship.
Bachelet nearly broke down Tuesday when she visited Villa Grimaldi. The site has been turned into a memorial garden called Park for Peace. But the trees where the tortured were tied and a wooden tower to oversee prisoners still stand.
Bachelet was held there along with her mother in 1975. It's an ordeal she prefers not to talk about, saying only that she suffered "physical hardships."
During an emotional ceremony, Bachelet held a photograph of a woman who became one of the thousands of victims of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's bloody dictatorship.
Bachelet is seeking to return to the presidency and is the front-runner in the Nov. 17 presidential election.