¡Viva la memoria de Salvador Allende!

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¡Viva la memoria de Salvador Allende!

September 11, 1973.

 

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Here's the text of Allende's farewell speech...as he read it on Radio Magallanes on that day, shortly before a bullet would take his life:

 

 

Surely this will be the last opportunity for me to address you. The Air Force has bombed the antennas of Radio Portales and Radio Corporación.

My words do not have bitterness but disappointment. May they be a moral punishment for those who have betrayed their oath: soldiers of Chile, titular commanders in chief, Admiral Merino, who has designated himself Commander of the Navy, and Mr. Mendoza, the despicable general who only yesterday pledged his fidelity and loyalty to the Government, and who also has appointed himself Chief of the Carabineros .

Given these facts, the only thing left for me is to say to workers: I'm not going to resign! Placed in a historic transition, I will pay for the loyalty of the people with my life. And I say to them that I am certain that the seeds which we have planted in the good conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans will not be shriveled forever.

They have force and will be able to dominate us, but social processes can be arrested by neither crime nor force. History is ours, and people make history.

Workers of my country: I want to thank you for the loyalty that you always had, the confidence that you deposited in a man who was only an interpreter of great yearnings for justice, who gave his word that he would respect the Constitution and the law and did just that. At this definitive moment, the last moment when I can address you, I wish you to take advantage of the lesson: foreign capital, imperialism, together with the reaction, created the climate in which the Armed Forces broke their tradition, the tradition taught by General Schneider and reaffirmed by Commander Araya, victims of the same social sector who today are hoping, with foreign assistance, to re-conquer the power to continue defending their profits and their privileges.

I address you, above all, the modest woman of our land, the campesina who believed in us, the mother who knew our concern for children. I address professionals of Chile, patriotic professionals who continued working against the sedition that was supported by professional associations, classist associations that also defended the advantages of capitalist society. I address the youth, those who sang and gave us their joy and their spirit of struggle. I address the man of Chile, the worker, the farmer, the intellectual, those who will be persecuted, because in our country fascism has been already present for many hours -- in terrorist attacks, blowing up the bridges, cutting the railroad tracks, destroying the oil and gas pipelines, in the face of the silence of those who had the obligation to act. They were committed. History will judge them.

Surely Radio Magallanes will be silenced, and the calm metal instrument of my voice will no longer reach you. It does not matter. You will continue hearing it. I will always be next to you. At least my memory will be that of a man of dignity who was loyal to his country.

The people must defend themselves, but they must not sacrifice themselves. The people must not let themselves be destroyed or riddled with bullets, but they cannot be humiliated either.

Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will overcome this dark and bitter moment when treason seeks to prevail. Go forward knowing that, sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again and free men will walk through them to construct a better society.

Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!

These are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish felony, cowardice, and treason.

Santiago de Chile, 11 September 1973

Below is the actual recording of Allende giving this speech(the radio reception was understandibly bad, as the Chilean Air Force was in the process of destroying the broadcasting infrastructure of all anti-fascist radio networks:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZeEfXjTNu4&feature=related

 

Fidel

And the fascists busied themselves destroying Cybersyn when they knew it was an experiment in egalitarianism. 

Enter Friedman and the Chicago boys, sons of Latin America's elite wearing trademark white turtlenecks, dark sunglasses and trained in neoliberal economic voodoo. The genesis fable for neoliberalism was infolding so well in Chile that Pinochet fired them all by 1985.

Unionist

I didn't notice the 40th anniversary commemorated on the website of any Canadian political party - please refer me to any I may have missed.

Here, we will never forget.

¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre!


Unionist

[url=http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/11/augusto-pinochet-asylum-uni... considered offering asylum to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet[/url]

 

6079_Smith_W

CBC Ideas actually dedicated their program last night to the original September 11 - an interview with Ariel Dorfman.

 

Unionist

[url=http://santiagotimes.cl/chileans-lay-down-to-remember-those-who-disappea... people line the streets of Santiago to represent those disappeared under the  military dictatorship on the day before the coup’s 40th anniversary.[/url]

 

lagatta

I'm so glad to see this thread, which I had missed somehow. Last year, the 40th anniversary, I spent all day there with several Chileans and a couple of Argentines I know, in front of the tree planted in Jeanne-Mance Park in remembrance of that 11th of September, in the beautiful Austral springtime. I didn't make it this year, as alas I was too busy. Hope the remembrance went well despite the high winds. I say that because usually there are photos and other memorabilia strung along the trees, and they wouldn't want to lose them.

Unionist

More revelations about how Pinochet's Chile served any imperialist thug that needed servicing - in this case, Margaret Thatcher:

[url=http://santiagotimes.cl/chile-remains-divided-role-falklands-conflict/]C... remains divided over its role in Falklands conflict[/url]

Quote:
Dictatorship-era minister claims collaboration was self-defense against hostile Argentina while others lament Chile’s participation in ‘colonial’ war.

lagatta

Funny, those Southern Cone fascist dictatorships collaborated fully (along with Uruguay and Paraguay) shipping political prisoners and stolen babies to each other, while waging such phony wars. Such régimes just need internal and external enemies. The neighbours were handy.

NDPP

In addition to the tragedy of Allende, Sept 11, was also the day that approximately 77,000 rounds of hollow-point ammunition was fired at a Secwepemc Sundance camp on their sovereign unceded territory near Gustafsen Lake as it was attacked by the Canadian Forces, the RCMP, and the NDP government of BC in 1995. Shuswap elders, men, women and chidren were viciously demonized as 'terrorists' and 'squatters' on their own homeland.

For me this day will always be about how critical struggles for freedom and self-determination are lost if people do not act -  locally and globally to support them. The number of beautiful possibilities on our planet being sabotaged by wilful indifference or lack of awareness, solidarity and resistance is  a critical, urgently required developmental task that more than ever compels our urgent attention. Educate, Organize and

Honour: Healing Our Nations Of United Resistance!

Unionist

NDPP wrote:

For me this day will always be about how critical struggles for freedom and self-determination are lost if people do not act -  locally and globally to support them. The number of beautiful possibilities on our planet being sabotaged by wilful indifference or lack of awareness, solidarity and resistance is  a critical, urgently required developmental task that more than ever compels our urgent attention. Educate, Organize and

Honour: Healing Our Nations Of United Resistance!

Thank you so much for this.

 

sherpa-finn

Chilean MP charged over Pinochet-era killings
 
A member of Chile's parliament has been charged with the killing of three left-wing militants during the dictatorship of Gen Augusto Pinochet...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29179658