“A Chilean experiment”
We are a part of a new, different generation. We did not live in that age.
We haven’t got the right to judge, only to make an opinion.
All we know is what we have been told by our fathers, and what we choose to seek out by ourselves.
We would like to present the extreme, bloody, yet perhaps the most “exciting” part of Chile’s modern history with the best possible means in our position.
The events, changes of the 1970s’ have greatly divided the public opinion of the World.
Certain socialist governments showed their true compassion and dissatisfaction; they have made whole cults from the events.
Others attended their own political, economical injuries, yet others in time tried to understand the reasons of the occurrences
. Our goal is not to force open the past or to raise tempers.
We prefer to grab this part of the Chilean history, and to present it with most objectivity and clarity.
It is a part of modern World history incredibly filled with strenuous efforts, in which thousand of people deceased under the thought of freedom and lust for power. In which, partly because of the foreign affairs, the awakening tempers can be felt, even today…
More than 30 years ago, at the 11th of September 1973, the “coup” of General Augusto Pinochet took place in Chile.
The coup not necessarily consists the differences between the previously, and the recently reigning groups.
In 1973 Chile wasn’t a socialist country yet, however, the economic and political changes occurred there were threatening to shake the very foundations of the capitalist social system.
Some sort of socialist “revolution” was going over at that time in Chile.
And since the Junta’s rise to power interrupted this sequence, thus the events took place in September can be called a counter-revolution.
The leftist, liberal and sometimes even conservative voices in the World press enthusiastically demanded the judgment and conviction of the mass murderer responsible for the death of more than 3000 people.
However, the most serious charge against him was that at September 11. 1973 Pinochet and his generals overthrew the constituently elected democratic government of Salvador Allende, by that preventing the socialism to spread legally in South-America’s most democratic country.
And even though, according to certain opinions, if Allende meant to create a dictatorial, Marxist-Leninist state by Cuban design, one thing should be cleared to all: Chile intended to go its own way.
Allende’s government didn’t seek to be similar to Cuba or China. Nevertheless, we should make clear, that even though the Chilean people proudly proclaimed the constitution and democracy in their country, the thought of backwardness and the dependence on the United States still lingered in the national consciousness.