Despite the horrendous events of September 11th, 2001 here in the US - it might be easy to forget another horrendous historical September 11th. 35 years ago, on September 11th, 1973, the democratically elected government of the popular President of Chile was violently upended in a coup d'Etat. Salvador Allende, the democratically elected President was overthrown when subversive elements within the Chilean military stormed and bombed the La Moneda Presidential Palace. Many dissidents were rounded up and they are alleged to have been been killed. The incoming dictator, Augusto Pinochet, is known to have practiced torture in the execution of an authoritarian and harsh, militaristic rule over the people of Chile.
This event is dramatically highlighted in Naomi Klein's new book The Shock Doctrine. It her book, Klein presents evidence to allege that the overthrow of the Allende government was part and parcel of the Chicago School of economics program of disaster capitalism.
You can learn more about the overthrow of the Chilean popular government on a recent radio show produced by Pacifica's From the Vault. Here's an excerpt from the show's description:
In this episode of From the Vault, we explore the historic election of Salvador Allende in Chile in 1970 and the forces that conspired to overthrow his socialist government in 1973, by studying three main historical components of this period in Chile’s history, through recordings preserved by Pacifica Radio Archives.You'll find more information and a link to listen to this important historically relevant program here: September 11, 1973, the Coup d'Etat in Chile
First, we examine the years leading up to the election of Salvador Allende as president, framed by the tremendous social movement of workers, students, activists, artist, professionals, politicians, and intellectuals that resulted in Allende’s rise to national leadership. We hear from anonymous Chilean workers as they describe conditions in the factories before the Allende presidency; author Antonio Skármeta, whose novel Ardiente Paciencia inspired the 1994 Academy Award-winning movie Il Postino speak on the political climate of Chile in the 1960’s; and Joan Jara, widow of legendary folk singer Victor Jara – Chile’s version of Bob Dylan – speak about her husband’s leftist music and how it helped keep the Allende election movement inspired.
I originally heard this program on KAOS.
Information and knowledge. Peace. Bert