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Remembering the US-Backed Coup in Chile


Sept. 11 marks a dark day in the history of Chile. In 1973 the leftist government of Salvador Allende was brutally overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup that left the president dead, followed by the rounding up, torture, killing, disappearance, and exile of thousands of Chileans over the next decades.

The military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet was to scar the nation, but resistance within the country and internationally never let up.

teleSUR takes a look at the coup, along with the popular president's trajectory.

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President Allende gives a speech after the electoral victory of the Popular Unity coalition on the balcony of the University of Chile Student Federation building, Sept. 5, 1970.
President Allende gives a speech after the electoral victory of the Popular Unity coalition on the balcony of the University of Chile Student Federation building, Sept. 5, 1970. Photo:Reuters
Allende and his government became a symbol of socialist resistance throughout the world.
Allende and his government became a symbol of socialist resistance throughout the world. Photo:Reuters
The last photo of President Salvador Allende alive at the La Moneda presidential palace, Sept. 11, 1973.
The last photo of President Salvador Allende alive at the La Moneda presidential palace, Sept. 11, 1973. Photo:Archive
The Chilean presidential palace La Moneda under fire during the coup, Sept. 11, 1973.
The Chilean presidential palace La Moneda under fire during the coup, Sept. 11, 1973. Photo:Reuters
People are arrested during the military coup in Chile, Sept. 11, 1973.
People are arrested during the military coup in Chile, Sept. 11, 1973. Photo:EFE
Troops loyal to President Allende defend the Minister of Defense outside the presidential palace, Sept. 11, 1973.
Troops loyal to President Allende defend the Minister of Defense outside the presidential palace, Sept. 11, 1973. Photo:EFE
Troops under Pinochet, who had been appointed commander in chief, round up people on the streets of Santiago, Sept. 11, 1973.
Troops under Pinochet, who had been appointed commander in chief, round up people on the streets of Santiago, Sept. 11, 1973. Photo:Archive
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Allende's body was taking out a side door of presidential palace, a door that has never been opened again, Sept. 11, 1973. Photo:Archive
Chilean soldiers guard the presidential palace the day after the coup against Allende, Sept. 12, 1973.
Chilean soldiers guard the presidential palace the day after the coup against Allende, Sept. 12, 1973. Photo:Reuters
U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger meets Pinochet in 1976. The U.S. role in the coup is well-documented and condemned.
U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger meets Pinochet in 1976. The U.S. role in the coup is well-documented and condemned. Photo:Reuters
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