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    1973

    The 1973 Chilean coup d'état was a watershed event of the Cold War and the history of Chile. On Tuesday, 11 September 1973, the democratically elected President Salvador Allende was overthrown in a coup d’état organised by the Chilean military and endorsed by the United States. A military junta led by General Augusto Pinochet took control of the government, composed of the heads of the Air Force, Navy, Carabineros (police force) and the Army .[1] Pinochet later assumed power and ended Allende's democratically elected Popular Unity government.[2][3]
    During the air raids and ground attacks that preceded the coup, Allende gave his last speech, in which he vowed to stay in the presidential palace.[4] Direct witness accounts of his death agree that he committed suicide in the palace.[5][6] After the coup, Pinochet established a military dictatorship that ruled Chile until 1990; it was marked by severe human rights violations. A weak insurgent movement against the Pinochet government was maintained inside Chile by elements sympathetic to the former Allende government.

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    Don't drink and post.
     
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    i saw an interesting film about 9.11 that gave different perspectives on the subject. it was an interesting project... i think it was 10 short films.

    no question we've had some less than stellar moments in our history. you described one of them.
     
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    problem???
     
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    Don't I also remember a bunch of numerology shows drawing connections??
     
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    Severe human rights violations" my ass. Allende's coalition came to power with the endorsement of only a third of the electorate. Once elected, he began the process of turning the country into a Soviet client state.

    The Cubans had already become well ensconced in Chile, maintaining a large military mission and supplying armaments to the Communist forces. The same thing happened also in Nicaragua. There is no doubt that the Cubans were only waiting for the time when their secret police experts could start helping the Chileans to construct the standard KGB-style apparatus for securing all the vital sectors of the state and for initiating a campaign of terror against the population in order to bring it into complete submission.

    Expropriation and looting of property in the name of the state was rapidly dismantling the free-market economic system. The currency of the country was debased. The agricultural sector of the economy was destroyed, causing food shortages. Unemployment, dislocation, impoverishment by state-sponsored robbery, the rise of a black market

    True to form, Allende refused to yield his hold on the levers of state power after a decisive congressional defeat in 1973

    He was seizing factories and farms. Inflation was running at 600%. There were drastic shortages of food as a result of Allende's program of expropriating private farms.

    People who make Allende into a hero invariably turnout to be communists.
     

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