President Salvador Allende: On This day in 1973

Inaugurated on November 3, 1970, Allende began to restructure Chilean society along socialist lines while retaining the democratic form of government and respecting civil liberties and the due process of law. He expropriated the U.S.-owned copper companies in Chile without compensation, an act which set him seriously at odds with the U.S. government and weakened foreign investors’ confidence in his government. His government also took steps to purchase several important privately owned mining and manufacturing sectors and to take over large agricultural estates for use by peasant cooperatives.-Britannica

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The death of Salvador Allende, the former Chilean president, during the 1973 coup that deposed him may not have been suicide, according to a forensics expert who claims to have found evidence of two bullets wounds.-Telegraph 2011

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Until now history books have taught that Allende killed himself on September 11, 1973, with an AK-47 given to him by Fidel Castro, the long-time Cuban Communist president.

“We found two different lesion patterns, one that was left by a bullet with an explosive effect which would be typical of a weapon of war, and another left by a bullet from a lower-speed projectile,” said Dr. Rodriguez.-Telegraph 2011

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It was towards the end of 1969 that three generals from the Pentagon dined with five Chilean military officers in a house in the suburbs of Washington. The host was Lieutenant Colonel Gerardo López Angulo, assistant air attaché of the Chilean Military Mission to the United States, and the Chilean guests were his colleagues from the other branches of service. The dinner was in honor of the new director of the Chilean Air Force Academy, General Carlos Toro Mazote, who had arrived the day before on a study mission.-Newstatesman 2013

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He would have been 64 years old next July. His greatest virtue was following through but fate could grant him only that rare and tragic greatness of dying in armed defence of an anachronistic booby of bourgeois law, defending a Supreme Court of Justice that had repudiated him but would legitimise his murderers, defending a miserable Congress that had declared him illegitimate but which was to bend complacently before the will of the usurpers, defending the freedom of opposition parties that had sold their souls to fascism, defending the whole moth-eaten paraphernalia of a shitty system that he had proposed abolishing but without a shot being fired.-Newstatesman 2013

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