A statue of the broken glasses of Salvador Allende In the lobby of a Venezuelan ministry

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voicebread on June 10th, 2024 at 16:19 UTC »

Wow, for anyone looking for a good rabbit hole to go down: 

“ As president, Allende sought to nationalize major industries, expand education, and improve the living standards of the working class. He clashed with the right-wing parties that controlled Congress and with the judiciary. On 11 September 1973, the military moved to oust Allende in a coup d'état supported by the CIA, which initially denied the allegations.[13][14] In 2000, the CIA admitted its role in the 1970 kidnapping of General René Schneiderwho had refused to use the army to stop Allende's inauguration.[15][16] Declassified documents released in 2023 showed that US president Richard Nixon, his national security advisor Henry Kissinger, and the United States government, which had branded Allende as a dangerous communist,[8] were aware of the military's plans to overthrow Allende's democratically-elected government in the days before the coup d'état.”

From his Wikipedia page. On mobile, sorry for weird formatting as a result of copying and pasting. 

xanthus12 on June 10th, 2024 at 16:36 UTC »

Reading the transcript of his broadcast during the breaching of the Capitol is truly inspiring. The man was barricaded in his office with nothing but a radio, and he spent his last moments as president reminding his people that there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and to keep hope. Chile then spent the next decades under a brutal totalitarian military dictator, explicitly backed by the United States, answerable to no one.

ImmediateBug2 on June 10th, 2024 at 17:28 UTC »

Salvador’s niece is the novelist Isabel Allende, and her book Of Love and Shadows is a fictionalized account of life in the immediate aftermath of the coup.