This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup d’etat that ousted the constitutional president of Chile, Salvador Allende, from office and gave rise to the vicious dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet on 11th September 1973. This short fi …

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup d’etat that ousted the constitutional president of Chile, Salvador Allende, from office and gave rise to the vicious dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet on 11th September 1973.

This short film calls for participation in this historic year to make sure Chile 1973 is not forgotten, and to call for truth and justice for the families of the disappeared and politically executed and to help us raise awareness of the crucial role the British Labour movement played in the fight against fascism and neo-liberalism.

Chile is important because it marked a very important historical moment: a democratically elected, socialist government was overthrown in a military coup, supported by the US, and Chicago School economics was tested in the real world for the first time. Chile was the testing ground for neoliberalism, and for the brand of authoritarian, shock doctrine capitalism that is becoming increasingly prevalent across the world.

The Chile 40 years network will run a fringe event at the TUC on September 10th and on the 11th, and will also organise an event outside the Chilean Embassy where trade unionists and human rights defenders will read out the names of the disappeared and politically executed.

For more info see chile40yearson.org


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