In Chile, there is a diffferent anniversary.
September 11, 2006 12:04 PM   Subscribe

Not only should we spare a thought to the thousands of ordinary New Yorkers who died needlessly in a day of madness, we should also spare a thought to the thousands of Chileans that perished in Chile under the Pinochet regime...33 years ago, Salvador Allende Gossens, the very first democratically elected socialist head of state in the western hemisphere, was overthrown by the Chilean armed forces, led by Augusto Ugarte Pinochet with CIA support.
posted by tomcosgrave (23 comments total)

 
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posted by chunking express at 12:05 PM on September 11, 2006


NEVAR FORGET



See also... (Anna Lindh memorial post, anyone?)
posted by reklaw at 12:12 PM on September 11, 2006


Chile's flag looks a lot like texas'
posted by delmoi at 12:32 PM on September 11, 2006


Stuff like this makes it hilarious when people ask "Why do they hate us?".
posted by spazzm at 12:34 PM on September 11, 2006


Ah yes, a day to remember when we gave our unilateral support to fascism.
posted by JJ86 at 12:51 PM on September 11, 2006


still bringing the boring, keswick.
posted by sonofsamiam at 12:54 PM on September 11, 2006


Sucks when people dismiss your pet cause make completely vapid blanket statements, doesn't it?

Fixed that for you.
posted by prostyle at 1:05 PM on September 11, 2006


i see wat u did there porstyle. lol!
posted by boo_radley at 1:08 PM on September 11, 2006


keswick dumping on a thread? I've never seen that before! Someone should explain to him how MetaTalk and the flagging features here at MetaFilter work.
posted by chunking express at 1:09 PM on September 11, 2006


33 years ago. 33 YEARS AGO. And even after all that time, we still have (violent) protests about it every September 11.

One of the things that I remember thinking after the World Trade Center attack was that for the first time in ages the local news weren't about how much damage the protests, related to the Chilean coup of 1973, had caused.
posted by Memo at 1:24 PM on September 11, 2006



.....Chile had a long tradition of democratic civilian rule; military intervention in politics had been rare. Some political scientists have ascribed the relative bloodiness of the coup and resultant repression to the stability of the existing democratic system, which required extreme action to overturn.

Contrast with: America is good, pro-democracy, a force for freedom, not a warlike people, they hate us for our freedom, we're the good guys, etc. etc.
posted by lalochezia at 1:25 PM on September 11, 2006


So they changed they're flag because it looked like Holland's flag. But they changed it to something that looks like the Texas flag. I guess that's something.
posted by bob sarabia at 1:26 PM on September 11, 2006


they're their
posted by bob sarabia at 1:26 PM on September 11, 2006


Someone should explain to him how MetaTalk and the flagging features here at MetaFilter work.

He knows, he just likes assing it up better than he likes contributing. Therefore, fuck you all.
posted by sonofsamiam at 1:28 PM on September 11, 2006


part of the tradegy of 9/11 is that in other parts of the world the murder of many thousands of other innocent people was mostly invisible to most Americans. Chile was not invisible but people ignored the ruthlessness that our government was complcit in.
posted by hard rain at 1:30 PM on September 11, 2006


But they changed it to something that looks like the Texas flag. I guess that's something.

Actually, according to wikipedia, the Texas flag was created 21 years after the chilean one. I had no idea. :o
posted by Memo at 1:32 PM on September 11, 2006


Man, I was just looking at that I missed the dates. Didn't even think to check them actually.
posted by bob sarabia at 1:34 PM on September 11, 2006


September 11, Santiago 1990. (A photo)
posted by chunking express at 2:10 PM on September 11, 2006


And a larger photoset I should have linked to: Chile, Resistance to Dictatorship and Triumph.
posted by chunking express at 2:11 PM on September 11, 2006


part of the tradegy of 9/11 is that in other parts of the world the murder of many thousands of other innocent people was mostly invisible to most Americans. Chile was not invisible but people ignored the ruthlessness that our government was complcit in.

(Dido).
posted by j-urb at 2:43 PM on September 11, 2006


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posted by owhydididoit at 3:38 PM on September 11, 2006


HISTORIAN, n.
A broad-gauge gossip .
posted by hortense at 8:11 PM on September 11, 2006


What about the Miracle of Chile? You know, where we converted everything to profit for American corporations and temporarily increased the GDP, while driving the poor into greater and greater devastation and hardship, and eventually ruined the economy. People actually have the gall to refer to it as a miracle.
posted by luckypozzo at 9:42 PM on September 11, 2006


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