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Another 9-11 Anniversary: September 11, 1973, When US-Backed Troops Took Power in the Pinochet Coup in Chile

September 12, 2002

Today, we’ll talk about another September 11: September 11, 1973, the day of the Pinochet coup in Chile, the day the democratically elected leader, Salvadore Allende, died in the palace, as US-backed troops took power.

Thousands of Chileans died in the ensuing years. Charles Horman was an American journalist who was killed by Pinochet’s army. His wife, Joyce Horman, is suing Pinochet and other Chilean officials. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is listed as a witness.

(Tomorrow we’ll talk about yet another September 11, September 11, 1990, the day Guatemalan anthropologist Myrna Mack was murdered by Guatemalan officers backed by the Untied States. Three of them are on trial today in Guatemala city. We’ll talk to her sister Helen and her lawyer, whose 16-year-old son was threatened with death yesterday.)


  • Joyce Horman, the widow of Charles Horman, the US journalist killed by Pinochet forces in Chile in 1973 and about whom the movie 'Missing' was made.