Raza, gente:For those of us that identify with the progressive movement in Latin America 9/11 looms large. In 1973 the democratically elected President of Chile Doctor Salvador Allende was assassinated as General Augusto Pinochet took power through a CIA backed coup. Pinochet would control Chile through a brutal 27 year dictatorship. Many contemporary articles that even bother to mention the events in Chile will likely refer to Allende's death as a suicide; however, there is a general belief among Chileans supported by forensic evidence and recently released military files that he instead was assassinated. Many activists, artists and generally those critical of the Pinochet, "dirty war" years were persecuted with over 3,000 disappeared and kiled and over 200,000 exiled. The rise of General Pinochet supported dictatorships throughout the Americas. In particular those within the US security establishment used the Pinochet dictatorship as a proxy to funnel arms and training to loyal strongmen. One of the more infamous victims of state terror was folk singer Victor Jara. An icon of the emerging folk political music tradition Nuevo Cancion, Jara was killed for speaking truth to power and capturing the perspective of campesinos and working people all over Chile. Jara was killed in the national soccer stadium that became a site of torture and murder for the Pinochet regime. Recently, three Chillean officers were charged with the Murder of Jara, "Victor Jara, whose songs dealt with social and political issues, was arrested with thousands of other supporters of socialist President Salvador Allende during the coup in September 1973. At least 5,000 were held in a Santiago stadium where Jara was tortured and killed —a stadium that now bears his name. An investigation has shown that he was shot in the head and his body was riddled with 45 bullets." Source TelesurTV I invite you to read Dr. Allende's final words and listen to the sounds below. The first is Quilapayun a group that went into exile performing El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido. The beginning of the song features Pres. Allende giving a speech at the United Nations.
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