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Chilean woman burned in dictatorship attack says pacts of silence broken, justice being served

  • Carmen Quintana attends a tribute for slain photographer Rodrigo Rojas, outside the Gabriela Mistral museum, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. During a street demonstration on July 2, 1986, soldiers doused Rojas and then 18-year-old Quintana with gasoline and set them ablaze. Rojas died four days later. Quintana survived and underwent lengthy treatment for severe burns at a Canadian hospital. Her scarred face later became a symbol of the atrocities committed by Pinochet's dictatorship. A Chilean judge last week charged seven former members of the military in the burning death of Rojas, and four other ex-soldiers were being questioned on Monday. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Carmen Quintana attends a tribute for slain photographer Rodrigo Rojas, outside the Gabriela Mistral museum, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. During a street demonstration on July 2, 1986, soldiers doused Rojas and then 18-year-old Quintana with gasoline and set them ablaze. Rojas died four days later. Quintana survived and underwent lengthy treatment for severe burns at a Canadian hospital. Her scarred face later became a symbol of the atrocities committed by Pinochet's dictatorship. A Chilean judge last week charged seven former members of the military in the burning death of Rojas, and four other ex-soldiers were being questioned on Monday. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Veronica de Negri, center, holds a poster with the image of her slain photographer son Rodrigo Rojas, during a tribute to her son, outside the Gabriela Mistral museum, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. During a street demonstration on July 2, 1986, soldiers doused Rojas and 18-year-old Carmen Quintana with gasoline and set them ablaze. Rojas died four days later. A Chilean judge last week charged seven former members of the military in the burning death of Rojas, and four other ex-soldiers were being questioned on Monday. The charges come after another soldier testified about the case last year, breaking a nearly three-decade pact of silence. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Veronica de Negri, center, holds a poster with the image of her slain photographer son Rodrigo Rojas, during a tribute to her son, outside the Gabriela Mistral museum, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. During a street demonstration on July 2, 1986, soldiers doused Rojas and 18-year-old Carmen Quintana with gasoline and set them ablaze. Rojas died four days later. A Chilean judge last week charged seven former members of the military in the burning death of Rojas, and four other ex-soldiers were being questioned on Monday. The charges come after another soldier testified about the case last year, breaking a nearly three-decade pact of silence. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Veronica de Negri, the mother of slain photographer Rodrigo Rojas, attends a tribute to her son, outside the Gabriela Mistral museum, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. During a street demonstration on July 2, 1986, soldiers doused Rojas and 18-year-old Carmen Quintana with gasoline and set them ablaze. Rojas died four days later. A Chilean judge last week charged seven former members of the military in the burning death of Rojas, and four other ex-soldiers were being questioned on Monday. The charges come after another soldier testified about the case last year, breaking a nearly three-decade pact of silence. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Veronica de Negri, the mother of slain photographer Rodrigo Rojas, attends a tribute to her son, outside the Gabriela Mistral museum, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. During a street demonstration on July 2, 1986, soldiers doused Rojas and 18-year-old Carmen Quintana with gasoline and set them ablaze. Rojas died four days later. A Chilean judge last week charged seven former members of the military in the burning death of Rojas, and four other ex-soldiers were being questioned on Monday. The charges come after another soldier testified about the case last year, breaking a nearly three-decade pact of silence. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)  (The Associated Press)

Carmen Quintana's scarred face has become a symbol of the atrocities committed by Gen. Augusto's Pinochet 1973-1990 dictatorship. Now she finally feels that justice is being done.

Soldiers drenched 18-year-old Quintana and 19-year-old Rodrigo Rojas with gasoline and set them ablaze during a street demonstration on July 2, 1986. Rojas died four days later. Quintana underwent lengthy treatment for severe burns.

Now a local judge has charged seven former members of the military with the attack after another soldier testified about the case, breaking a nearly three-decade pact of silence.

On Tuesday, Quintana paid homage to Rojas by pinning a photo to a memorial for the late photographer at a memorial in Santiago. She says she's confident that more Chileans will come forward to uncover rights violations by the dictatorship.