Last September 11, Chile marked the thirty-eighth anniversary of the military coup that overthrew democratically-elected president Salvador Allende and ushered in a 17-year military dictatorship that oversaw the murder of over 3,000 Chilean citizens and the torture of tens of thousands more. As transforming as that coup was, it was not the first time that the military made an attempt on Allende. Greg Weeks points us to this interview with a retired Air Force officer who alerted Allende of a plan to assassinate him in 1970, shortly after he was elected president. For foiling the early assassination/coup plot, Captain Jorge Silva was imprisoned after the 1973 coup, where he was tortured alongside others, including General Alberto Bachelet, who ultimately died under torture and whose daughter Michelle served as president from 2006 to 2010.
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