Politics 11-09-2018

President of Chile clarifies the reasons for the coup d'état

The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, wrote a column condemning the crimes committed in dictatorship, but at the same time, he gave a nuance to the context in which the coup d'état occurred, criticizing the government of the former president, Salvador Allende (1970-1973).

"It is good and necessary to remember that our democracy did not end in sudden death that September 11, 1973, had been seriously ill since long before and for different reasons," said the president, in a column published by the local newspaper El Mercurio.

The president started by clarifying that nothing justifies what happened on human rights issues during the dictatorship, nor crimes against humanity.

He affirmed that "serious, cruel and systematic violations of human rights were committed, executed by State agents, which only increases the rejection they deserve"

However, he never referred to the period as a dictatorship, calling it military regime and military government.

"On September 11, 1973, it meant the unfortunate breakdown of our democracy and the advent of a military and undemocratic government," he wrote.

After making this point, he made a recount of the governments of the 60s, criticizing that they "despised" representative democracy, and affirmed that this "crisis" was aggravated during the Allende Government.

"We all knew that the situation was unsustainable, some believed that we were on the verge of a civil war, very few believed in a democratic solution to the serious crisis that affected our country," he said.

Finally, he said that "we have all learned lessons, the left has learned to condemn all violence in politics and respect democracy, and the right has learned to condemn all attacks on human rights."

On September 11, a series of events commemorating the victims of September 11, 1973, 45 years of the coup d'état that ended the life of former President Allende, who committed suicide in the seat of Government, the Palace of La Moneda, while it was bombed by the Air Force.

Salvador Allende was the first socialist president to assume power through democratic elections in Western history.


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