On September 4, 1970 Salvador Allende won the presidential elections in Chile. This political event started a unique experiment in Latin America, an experiment that generated much interest in the world and led to the involvement of many solidarity movements in the Third World. The three years of Allende's rule, together with the parties of the Unidad Popular (UP), were years of increasing tensions and fierce polarization, ultimately leading to the coup d'etat of September 11, 1973.
On September 11, 1973 the Chilean army, led by Pinochet, put an end to democracy in Chile. President Allende was one of the first victims of the regime that was established and maintained for 17 years through terrorism.
Read more about:
- information on the background of the coup from the presidential elections in 1970 till the coup d'etat
- the events on September 11
- the reactions on the events of September 11, 1973
- sources and documents on Chile and solidarity organizations in the collections of the IISH.