Margaret Thatcher Will Always Be Remembered For Her Support Of Right Wing Military Dictatorship In Chile
On September 11, 1973, a military coup d'état led by fascist General Pinochet. violently removed the democratically elected President of Chile, Salvador Allende.
The military coup was extremely violent from the very beginning. The military surrounded the La Moneda Palace with tanks and infantry troops and bombed it with Hawker Hunter fighter jets. The president and some of his aides were besieged in the palace. Allende refused to surrender, and addressed the nation for a last time in a potent farewell speech. President Salvadore Allende was murdered by soldiers in the presidential palace. The coup was supported and aided by the US Central Intelligence Agency.
The worst violence occurred in the first few months after the coup, with the number of suspected trade union leaders and members killed or "disappeared" soon reaching into the thousands. In the days immediately following the coup, the National Stadium was used as a holding tank for 40,000 citizens with labour or social democratic political leanings.
Some of the most famous cases of "desaparecidos" are Charles Horman, a U.S. citizen who was tortured and killed during the coup itself; Chilean songwriter Víctor Jara, murdered while held prisoner at the Chile Stadium immediately after the coup, and the October 1973 Caravan of Death (Caravana de la Muerte) where at least 70 persons were killed.
Approximately 130,000 individuals were arrested in a three-year period. These were mostly trade unionists, social democrats, basically anyone whose politics leaned to the left. The number of dead and "disappeared" reaching into the thousands within the first few months. Most of the people targeted had been supporters of Allende.
This evil dictator was never brought to justice to account for the his crimes.
The fact that British Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher actively supported the murder of thousands of Chilean trade union members, is a crime in itself.
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