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Chile Marks 50th Anniversary of U.S.-Backed Military Coup That Overthrew Elected President

HeadlineSep 11, 2023

Chile is marking the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-backed military coup that overthrew democratically elected socialist President Salvador Allende and ushered in a 17-year dictatorship under Augusto Pinochet. On September 11, 1973, Chilean armed forces bombed and stormed the presidential palace, beginning a reign of terror that saw thousands of people killed or forcibly disappeared and tens of thousands tortured. On Sunday, President Gabriel Boric joined thousands who marched through the streets of Santiago to demand justice. This is Alicia Lira, president of the Association of Families of Executed Political Prisoners.

Alicia Lira: “These 50 years, more than the absence of our relatives, this is an act of homage on the 50th anniversary of the civil-military coup, and we stress 'civil-military' because civilians have enjoyed impunity for 50 years.”

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