« Chilean President Gabriel Boric marked the 50th anniversary of the country’s military coup, which ousted elected president Salvador Allende and brought General Augusto Pinochet to power, during an event in Santiago on Monday.
Footage shows dignitaries sitting in La Moneda, the country’s presidential palace, as well as others gathered outside, holding signs and chanting ‘the united people will never be defeated’.
« Today we remember those who defended the Constitution and the laws when 50 years ago the rule of law was being overthrown behind us by the force of planes, tanks, and guns and the insolence of treason and sedition, » Boric said.
He added that the day was also a moment to remember with ‘affection and gratitude’ the international solidarity and those who dedicated themselves to saving lives.
« That is why it is very important to clearly state that the coup d’état is not separable from what came afterwards; from the very moment of the coup d’état the human rights of Chilean men and women were violated, » the president stated.
Isabel Allende, Chilean Senator and daughter of Salvador Allende, stated that the ‘innovative experience’ of the Union Popular (Popular Unity) party led by her father, represented a ‘profound transformation’ in Chilean society.
« That is why we say that Allende left his mark in Chile, and Chile remembers Allende, » she said.
On September 11, 1973, a group of military officers led by Augusto Pinochet overthrew the government. Pinochet ruled for 17 years, while an estimated 40,000 people were detained, tortured or disappeared. »