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9/11 Chile Coup: Template for US in Venezuela

The date Sept. 11 is interwoven in the history of both North and South America. In South America, however, the date has been significant for 44 years, marking the U.S.-sponsored coup in 1973 that brought down the government of socialist President Salvador Allende in Chile.

These same tactics are being used today by the United States against the socialist government of Venezuela, including economic and political sabotage, sanctions and the threat of military intervention.

teleSUR compares the details of the coup that ushered in the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship with U.S. attacks on Venezuela today, as well as analyzing the 9/11 attacks in the United States in 2001 that brought down the World Trade Center's largest towers in New York City, leading to continuous U.S. wars around the world. 

If You Watch One Thing

 
 

4 Things to Remember About Chile's 9/11 Coup

 

Salvador Allende, the iconic left-wing leader and one of Chile’s best-known presidents, was born on this day on June 26, 1908. The tragic fate of his government, overthrown in a right-wing coup in 1973, changed the history of the country—and region—forever. READ MORE

Pinochet Dictatorship Laws Linger in Chile After 37 Years

 

In Chile, it seems there’s always someone protesting about something. This year the South American nation has seen large protests of students demanding better education, workers pressing for their pensions, women fighting for reproductive rights, among others. READ MORE

Allende's Last Words

 
 

The Coup in Numbers

 
Chile September 11 1973

9/11 and the Neo-Conservative Agenda

 
The second tower of the World Trade Center bursts into flames after being hit by a hijacked airplane in New York September 11, 2001.

Like the McCarthy era Red Scares, for over a decade the threat of terrorism has been used to intimidate the U.S. public into accepting an extreme right-wing political agenda. READ MORE

Sept. 11, 2001 and its After Effects


 
  • The military coup in Chile led to the disappearance and murder of thousands of civilians.

    The military coup in Chile led to the disappearance and murder of thousands of civilians. | Photo EFE

  • The Chilean presidential palace La Moneda under fire during the coup on Sept. 11, 1973.

    The Chilean presidential palace La Moneda under fire during the coup on Sept. 11, 1973. | Photo Reuters

  • Troops loyal to President Allende defend the Minister of Defense outside the presidential palace.

    Troops loyal to President Allende defend the Minister of Defense outside the presidential palace. | Photo EFE

  • The last photo of President Salvador Allende alive at the La Moneda presidential palace.

    The last photo of President Salvador Allende alive at the La Moneda presidential palace.

  • A person lights a candle in tribute to Salvador Allende.

    A person lights a candle in tribute to Salvador Allende. | Photo EFE

  • Smoke billows from the World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 11, 2001, after the towers collapsed.

    Smoke billows from the World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 11, 2001, after the towers collapsed. | Photo EFE

  • The ruins of the Twin Towers are seen after the terrorist attack in New York.

    The ruins of the Twin Towers are seen after the terrorist attack in New York. | Photo Reuters

  • A New York fireman walks past a tribute to the victims of the September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center.

    A New York fireman walks past a tribute to the victims of the September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center. | Photo EFE

  • An image taken September 12, 2001, showing front pages of Swedish newspapers.

    An image taken September 12, 2001, showing front pages of Swedish newspapers. | Photo EFE

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