Today is the 40th anniversary of one of the most appalling acts of state terrorism the modern world has seem.
On September 11th 1973 the fascist General Pinochet and his allies crushed the government of Chile and installed a military dictatorship. For the next 17 years he oversaw a brutal form of capitalism that saw thousands dead, disappeared, tortured or imprisoned and millions more plunging into poverty.
All this was carried out with support from the the United States government and the CIA.
The people of Chile are still suffering from the economic policies of the Pinochet regime and are still waiting for justice. Pinochet is long gone but many people with blood on their hands still walk the streets of Washington and Santiago.
What happened in Chile isn’t unique. People the world over have suffered and continue to suffer at the hands of governments who care more about profits and resources than people.
So while Chillian President Sebastian Pinera calls for national reconciliation we at the Heckler send our solidarity to the ordinary people who are rioting in the streets today calling for justice.
No Justice No Peace