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9/11 in Chile

Discussion in 'Elections' started by Labourwave, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Labourwave

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    On September 11th 1973 the elected Chilean President Salvador Allende was died due to US/CIA backed military coup.

    Allende was the first serious Marxist politician in any proper sense to ever take state power through the ballot box instead of armed revolution. While the national palace was surrounded, Pinochet was able to make a final broadcast, recorded as Salvador Allende's Last Speech.

    "Workers of my country: I want to thank you for the loyalty that you always had, the confidence that you deposited in a man who was only an interpreter of great yearnings for justice, who gave his word that he would respect the Constitution and the law and did just that. At this definitive moment, the last moment when I can address you, I wish you to take advantage of the lesson: foreign capital, imperialism, together with the reaction, created the climate in which the Armed Forces broke their tradition, the tradition taught by General Schneider and reaffirmed by Commander Araya, victims of the same social sector who today are hoping, with foreign assistance, to re-conquer the power to continue defending their profits and their privileges.

    I address you, above all, the modest woman of our land, the countrywoman who believed in us, the mother who knew our concern for children. I address professionals of Chile, patriotic professionals who continued working against the sedition that was supported by professional associations, classist associations that also defended the advantages of capitalist society. I address the youth, those who sang and gave us their joy and their spirit of struggle. I address the man of Chile, the worker, the farmer, the intellectual, those who will be persecuted, because in our country fascism has been already present for many hours -- in terrorist attacks, blowing up the bridges, cutting the railroad tracks, destroying the oil and gas pipelines, in the face of the silence of those who had the obligation to act. They were committed. History will judge them.

    Surely Radio Magallanes will be silenced, and the calm metal of my voice will no longer reach you. It does not matter. You will continue hearing it. I will always be next to you. At least my memory will be that of a man of dignity who was loyal to his country.

    Surely Radio Magallanes will be silenced, and the calm metal of my voice will no longer reach you. It does not matter. You will continue hearing it. I will always be next to you. At least my memory will be that of a man of dignity who was loyal to his country.

    The people must defend themselves, but they must not sacrifice themselves. The people must not let themselves be destroyed or riddled with bullets, but they cannot be humiliated either.

    Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will overcome this dark and bitter moment when treason seeks to prevail. Go forward knowing that, sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again and free men will walk through them to construct a better society.

    Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!

    These are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish felony, cowardice, and treason."

    According to the Rettig Report, under the Pinochet regime over 2000 people were killed in political suppression, over 31,000 people tortured and 1000 exiled.

    How Allende died is still contested, as new evidence found in 2010 has lead some experts to conclude that Allende was assassinated, but the official narrative is that he killed himself with the AK47 that Fidel Castro had gifted him. The rifle was inscribed "To Salvador, from his brother in arms, Fidel Castro".
     
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  2. Estro Felino

    Estro Felino Believer in free will
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    I recall the beautiful movie La casa de los espiritus where the protagonist is kidnapped and tortured for being the girlfriend of a Socialist partisan, even if she is the daughter of one of the most loyal supporters to Pinochet.
     
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    I remember the story of Charles Horman, an American who was kidnapped and murdered by the Chilean government. (Charles Horman - Wikipedia) It was dramatized in the film Missing.

    A State Department memo from the 1970s, declassified in 1999, confirmed that the US had a role in Horman's murder:

    A Chilean court also ruled that the US played a fundamental role in the murder of Horman, as well as in the coup itself - although the US government claimed it had nothing to do with it for decades after the event.
     
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