When the new generations hear the words "September 11" they think about the attack on the twin towers in New York.
But there was another September 11 as painful -if not more- for Latin Americans...
Here goes my little homage to a man who valued and kept his words till the end. A man betrayed by power-hungry criminals because the Empire up North wanted to prevent him setting a "bad example" on the region.
Last words of Salvador Allende (Spanish):
[English translation here]
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CHILE 1964: CIA COVERT SUPPORT IN FREI ELECTION DETAILED
Colin Powell: U.S. "not proud" of 1973 covert action in Chile
Riggs bank hid Pinochet's fortune
Tinker Bell, Pinochet and the Fairy Tale Miracle of Chile - Greg Palast
Chile's privatization failures
The fall of a myth - Chile reforms its privatized Education and Social Security systems [Spanish]
The Case Against Pinochet
New Evidence: U.S. OK'd Argentina's 'Dirty War'
"-This is admiral Caravajal, ¡I want to speak to the President!
-This is the president speaking
After a few moment, the president's voice lashed out like a whip:
-¡What do you think, you sh*tty traitors!... ¡Take your plane up your ass!... ¡You're speaking to the President of the country. And the president, elected by the people, does not surrender!
--Salvador Allende, under siege by the military coup, in La Moneda presidental palace, Sept. 11, 1973
[From "Salvador Allende: how the white house caused his death"].
[Published by El Ateneo. ISBN 950-02-7452-3]
"History is not stopped by repression or crime. This is a stage that will be overcome. This is a hard and difficult moment: it is possible they will crush us. But tomorrow will belong to the people, will belong to the workers. Humanity advances to conquer a better life."
-Salvador Allende's last words message, from La Moneda, Sep-11-1973
(full translation at "Allende's Last Words")