On September 11th, 1973, democratically-elected Chilean president, Salvador Allende, was violently overthrown by a CIA orchestrated coup. Bombs struck the presidential palace, tanks rolled through the streets, and the massacre began. The nine-eleven of Chile was underway. Salvador Allende, convinced he would be assassinated, instead took his own life as his home was being bombarded. The new, U.S. funded military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet went to work immediately. The soccer stadium of Santiago was converted into a make-shift concentration camp/execution center for accused communist sympathizers and Allende supporters. The stadium was filled with the corpses of tortured/murdered civilians, as were the blood-soaked streets, waterways and prisons. Predictably, all literature sympathizing with Allende’s socialist ideology was burned. As a result, this was one of the bloodiest coups in the history of South and Central America, which over its dictatorship, murdered and tortured 60,000 people, conservatively.

U.S. involvement in world affairs is rampant and has always been. In Chile’s case, as in so many others’, there came a figure who promised to nationalize the country’s resources. This figure was Salvador Allende. Allende signed his own death sentence when he promised to use Chile’s resources to feed and medicate his own troubled people instead of allowing the U.S. corporations to continue their privatized rape of those resources. He wanted to get the imperialist hand of Amerikkka out of Chile. He wanted to redistribute Chile’s wealth to the Chilean people, not Amerikkka’s corporations. The people of Chile were tired of the Spanish and British overseeing their country and equally tired of the Ameriklan empire, which “won the rights” to Chile from Britain.

Brutalizing the Americas, and the world, is nothing alien to the Unites States, but Salvador Allende did overcome a multimillion-dollar CIA operation against him before. He lost the 1964 due to it, but to the surprise of the U.S. was elected in 1970. After much failed pressure, the U.S. did what it does best.

The self-appointed corporate elite and their puppets were well aware of the implications of Allende’s goals. That is why Richard Nixon and his puppy, Henry Kissinger stepped into action. I believe the loss of Chile was a secondary concern inside United States. First and foremost, Amerikkka was worried that a socialist system in one nation would inspire other oppressed peoples to take the same route. That would mean the capitalist demon to the north might lose a lot more than just Chile. Legitimate people’s revolutions are a dangerous risk to U.S. business, because such movements are generally followed by land reforms, education, and nationalization of resources to be used by those people for their greater good. Therefore, in the words of this 1970 classified “CIA Operation Guidance Cable” document, Kissinger’s orders are conveyed clearly: “It is firm and continuing policy that Allende be overthrown by a coup. It would be much preferable to have this transpire prior to 24 October but efforts in this regard will continue vigorously beyond this date. We are to continue to generate maximum pressure toward this end utilizing every appropriate resource. It is imperative that these actions be implemented clandestinely and securely so that the American hand be well hidden…”

Support all oppressed peoples across the globe and stand against imperialism.


-Pavaresi is a refugee of imperialism and a member of People’s Liberation University.

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