September 11th, 1973





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Published on Jan 12, 2011

Footage from the 2004 Chilean movie "Machuca"

On september 11th, 1973, A US government (and corporation) backed military coup in Chile ousted democratically elected President Salvador Allende and ended South America's oldest constitutional democracy.

Allende was considered the worlds first democratically elected marxist leader and embarked on far reaching social and economic reforms in chile. This led to hostilities with Chiles wealthy elite as well as the united states.

After the coup, the military maintained control of Chile under the leadership of General Augusto Pinochet, one of history's most infamous dictators. During his authoritarian right-wing rule, thousands died and countless more imprisoned for both their political beliefs, and their economic class.

Chile remained in this dark shadow until a new government was formed in 1990.

declassified U.S. documents have revealed that the Chilean military was both supported and funded by the U.S. government in the coup.

The American Company ITT has also been found to have assisted in the coupe financially to protect their economic interests.

I believe this is one of the more important (and overlooked) moments in both U.S. and world history. I hope you all learn something from this video.
And I hope that you realize that regardless of your political leanings, what happened in Chile in 1973 was wrong, and nothing like that should ever happen again.

Edit: Because you people can't fucking behave, I'm going to start moderating the comments. You are free to post whatever political opinion you want, but if you advocate for or defend crimes against humanity/mass murder/etc, I will delete your bullshit. I will not facilitate your inhumanity.

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