The 11th of September, 1973/2009

More than 3,000 people died or disappeared during the political violence of Pinochets rule [Reuters]

The 11th of September marks not just the anniversary of the attacks on the United States, but also memorialises another tragic event –  the American CIA-backed military coup led by Augusto Pinochet that toppled the democratically-elected government of Salvador Allende.

It was the beginning of a brutal dictatorship that lasted until 1990. Over 3,000 people – mainly leftists and opposition activists – were killed in the ‘dirty war’ under Pinochet’s rule.

In this month, the month of the anniversary, some measure of justice may finally be found for the victims of the 1973 coup. A Chilean judge has ordered the arrest of 129 police and military personnel accused of taking part in the disappearances  and executions of those who were killed for opposing Pinochet and the military junta in the period 1973-1990, as reported by Al Jazeera.

May they rest in peace.


Chile orders ‘dirty war’ arrests (Al Jazeera)

The Ingredients of a Military Coup (Centre for Research on Globalisation, Canada)

The Day Democracy Died in Chile (BBC)


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