Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The other 9/11- Never Forget Never Forgive!
In Chile the date of 9/11 brings memories of a traumatic event that does not include images of a 747 crashing into the World Trade Center, the 1973 Coup d' Etat which resulted in the death of Socialist President Salvador Allende and the beginning of the fascist military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet which was responsible for the deaths and disappearance of more than 3,000 chileans with countless imprisoned and viciously tortured.
Pinochet's coup and subsequent dictatorship were supported by the CIA, American Corporations(like ITT), and Secretary of state Henry Kissinger. who was famously quoted as saying:
"I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves."
Chilean radicals have been commemorating the 11th of September with militant marches and clashes with the Carabineros (the state police who were responsible for disappearing radicals during Pinochet's regime) proclaiming "ni olvido ni perdon" Never Forget, Never Forgive!