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Remembering Chile’s Pinochet dictatorship — and our place in it


Australia’s position within the elevation of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet stays a thriller, with associated recordsdata blocked by the intelligence institution and the AAT.

Augusto Pinochet, former president of Chile (Image: Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile)
Augusto Pinochet, former president of Chile (Picture: Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile)

Whereas now we have been sumberged right here beneath royal mourning, Individuals have naturally centered on the twenty first anniversary of the 9/11 assaults in a single day, commemorating the 1000’s of lives misplaced in these atrocities.

There’s one other “9/11”, considered one of longer historic provenance: yesterday marked the forty ninth anniversary of the coup in Chile that noticed the democratically elected Salvador Allende faraway from energy and murdered by a army coup backed by the Nixon administration. The following dictatorship beneath Augusto Pinochet noticed the homicide of 1000’s and the imprisonment and torture of tens of 1000’s of Chileans, and the brutal software of neoliberal economics by Chicago College economists (of which Milton Friedman would later boast).

Australia had its personal position in that coup, but it surely stays a thriller: as Crikey mentioned final yr, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) was on the bottom in Santiago throughout the Allende authorities, on the request of the CIA.



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