Mario Uribe recently died suddenly at the age of 59. It was through Chilean solidarity work that I met him, and we remained friends for the next 30 years.
Mario was arrested twice during the Chilean coup and taken to the Santiago football stadium, which was used to interrogate and torture most of those who were taken there.
Mario’s only crime was to be a trade union shop steward and a member of the Chilean Socialist Party. After being released a second time from the stadium he knew that he had to escape Chile or be killed. Mario finally arrived in Scotland with his wife Maria and baby son Christian. He took every opportunity to speak out against Pinochet.
Mario and his family developed roots in Dundee where he worked for many years in the light engineering industry. He was a keen photographer and also loved running marathons.
Mario and his family are proof of the valuable contribution that refugees can make to our country.
Neither his family nor the socialists who knew him will ever forget his contribution to the struggle for justice.