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“The situation in Chile was chaotic”, ex president Piñera recalls the Chilean coup

Thursday, September 7th 2023 - 11:19 UTC
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Piñera points fingers towards elected president Salvador Allende as the most responsible actor of what happened. Piñera points fingers towards elected president Salvador Allende as the most responsible actor of what happened.

Next Monday, September 11th, Chile will remember the fiftieth anniversary of the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet which overthrew constitutionally elected president Salvador Allende, the first Marxist to reach the highest office in the land. But the coup and half a century, far from healing the wounds that caused it have remained alive in Chile, in a community that can be said has been divided in half.

Because of the significance of the date, Chilean media has been covering the different chapters of the succession of events, interviewing protagonists, past and present, of what really happened and trying to determine if there are culprits who led to such a situation or was it a collective explosion.

One of those interviewed is twice former conservative president Sebastián Piñera, who referred to the days previous to September 11 as simply “chaotic”, the “situation in Chile was pure chaos”.

And Piñera points fingers towards elected president Salvador Allende as the most responsible actor of what happened.

“One thing is to ask yourself how is it we reached 11 September, so that never again there is a repeat of those circumstances, and when reaching 11 September, the main responsibility falls on the government of the Popular Unity, the coalition that with a minority attempted to impose in Chile the model of a Marxist society”.

In other words the situation of Chile at the time was chaotic, “sometimes the left-wings like to think that Chile started on 11 September 1973, and that is simply not true”.

On 11 September, “democracy was collapsing, but not of a sudden and unexpected death; Chilean democracy was very sick, most seriously sick.”

And according to Piñera, September 11, coup day, was the end of it all, “maybe avoidable, of the long sequence of events.”

Allende was unable to hold the cohesion of its fragile coalition destroyed from inside by very radical groups, heavily armed, who wanted to advance the Marxist march, be it by force if necessary, taking over farms, industries, mines and finally calling on soldiers and sailors to rebel against their officers.

This obviously condemned the whole castle of cards which crumbled with no support from the middle class, anxious to a quick return of law and order. Allende surrounded in government house, Casa de la Moneda, threatened with resistance, bur finally shot himself with the gun, a gift of a recent visitor to Chile, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Followed a quarter century of strict military dictatorship.

Categories: Politics, Chile.

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  • Chicureo

    This is an excellent article that shares part of the bleak reality of my country, that I highly applaud...

    (You'll note that Allende did indeed kill himself.)

    As to personal issues, we have returned to the snow today, joined with Madame's close French schoolmate and her husband. (They mainly grow apples and kiwi.)

    Skiing conditions are outstanding!

    (Obviously we need to return to the farm well before the 18th.)

    ¡Saludos de Valle Nevado!

    Sep 07th, 2023 - 02:01 pm 0
  • Terence Hill

    “Piñera points fingers towards elected president Salvador Allende as the most responsible actor of what happened.”

    Conveniently ignoring the elephant in the room, and Nixon`s admonishment to “make the economy scream”

    “Previously declassified documents demonstrated that the U.S. undoubtedly helped set the stage for the coup by supporting Allende’s opposition, fomenting strikes, advocating for an invisible economic blockade, and actively intervening in copper markets on which Chile relied for most of its income.”
    The Dallas Morning News, Sep 9, 2023

    ”Fifty years after Chile’s coup, the region still not safe from US meddling
    Destructive US efforts to control its ‘back yard’ continue to this day.

    Since former US President James Monroe effectively announced a protectorate over the Western Hemisphere in December 1823, known as the Monroe Doctrine, the US has been interfering in nations across Latin America, often in pursuit of its own interests, but always under the guise of protecting democracy and human rights in its “backyard”.

    The 1973 coup in Chile was one such intervention.

    Official documents and telephone call transcripts that were declassified and made public over the years paint a clear picture of how Washington worked to ensure Allende’s downfall ever since he scored a narrow victory in the September 8, 1970, presidential election.
    Al Jazeera, 11 Sep 2023

    Sep 11th, 2023 - 01:56 pm 0
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