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9/11 Anniversary

Posted by Ed on September 10, 2003

September 11 is an important anniversary for many people. It was on this day 30 years ago that the Chilean government of Salvador Allende was toppled. The Guardian has a special report on the coup, the start of a 17-year-long military dictatorship led by Augusto Pinochet.

The Economist also has an article on the legacy of the coup. From The Economist:

Allende’s fall brought General Augusto Pinochet to power for 17 years. His dictatorship ushered in free-market reforms that led to Chile’s rapid growth in the 1990s, but it also unleashed appalling violence. Around 3,000 died, and many more—possibly hundreds of thousands, according to Alfredo Jocelyn-Holt, an historian—were tortured, in order to install and keep General Pinochet in power.

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