The final stage of social conflict came with the presidency of Eduardo Frei, whose policies were explicitly designed to co-opt and tamp down the worker’s movement, simultaneously conceding key reforms like the Agrarian Reform, while attempting labor reforms explicitly designed to break the power of the militant, unified union movement. US involvement in all the events leading up to coup is debated, but nonetheless show the US as still an "imperialist" interventionist power, meddling in other countries' politics and not respecting self-determination. That article began with an overview of the mechanics and recent background of the Chilean election process, including mobilizations and counter-mobilizations in the streets after the election, before delving into the class … In April, the first outright imperialist attempt at bringing down the UP government was exposed in IP by David Thorstad. US Intervention in Chile (1970-1973) In 1973, General in Command of the Army Pinochet leads a coup d'etat and overthrows democratically elected president Allende. [8] ‘MIR Call for Unity Against the Reactionary Offensive’. In the elections of 1851 the conservative candidate José María de la Cruz Prieto lost against another conservative, Manuel Montt in Concepción. The Communist Party of Chile (CPC), having regained legal status in 1958 and afterwards having collaborated with the Socialist Party, in 1969 joined with the Socialists and three smaller parties to form the Popular … Our context today is far different, and though the long shadow of Pinochet hangs over the entire revolutionary project in Chile, the lessons to be learned are not entirely premised on the strategic and tactical errors made by the leadership. Inprecor. The path to this level of organization is laid with transitional demands born out of the Chilean class struggle itself, which give not one inch to the illusion that parties opting for conciliation with the capitalists can lead a fight to win against imperialist militarism or towards workers power. The author reported that the SP had adopted resolutions that talked of mass mobilizations for class struggle. 28th President of Chile; In office 3 November 1970 – 11 September 1973: Preceded by: Eduardo Frei Montalva: Succeeded by: Augusto Pinochet: 56th President of the Senate of Chile; In office 27 December 1966 – 15 May 1969: Preceded by: Tomás Reyes Vicuña: Succeeded by: Tomás Pablo Elorza : Minister of Health and Social Welfare; In office 28 August 1938 – 2 April 1942: President: Arturo Alessandri Palma … Today, the North of Chile is known for its copper production, but it’s also home to the richest natural deposits of sodium nitrate — or Chile saltpeter, known as “white gold” — in the world. And the full consciousness and unity of the working class movement—far from being dissipated by the supposedly reformist project of the Popular Unity government—on the contrary was only strengthened. In that same issue, IP published a “Statement by Vicuna Mackenna Cordon” (an elemental soviet-type organization based in the trade unions and community organizations) that similarly called for massive assemblies of workers to discuss their program on how to fight imperialism, socialize all production and distribution, and regulate the political life of the country, including stopping distribution of the bourgeois press.[13]. In the Oct 5, 1970, IP, Les Evans already was exposing Allende’s backing down from his own campaign promises[5]. Pages 62-63. The US Government and the CIA were aware of and agreed with Chilean officers’ assessment that that the abduction of General Rene Schneider, the Chilean Army’s Commander in September 1970, was an essential step in any coup plan. Even low-level government functionaries and party members were kidnapped, rounded up, tortured, and executed, in the most vicious and horrific ways imaginable (the documentary work of Patricio Guzman is especially poignant in its portrayal of this brutality, and no visit to Santiago should be complete without a visit to the Museo de la Memoria, whose collection of first-hand accounts is a chilling and poignant testimony to the barbarity of the dictatorship). Allende died during an assault on the presidential palace, and a junta composed of three generals and an admiral, with Gen. Augusto Pinochet Ugarte as president, was installed. It would be dishonest not to acknowledge and dangerous not to take to heart the real strategic and tactical lessons that were paid for with the blood of the Chilean workers and their leaders, first among them Salvador Allende himself. Chile - Chile - The military dictatorship, from 1973: On September 11, 1973, the armed forces staged a coup d’état. The resulting social unrest, and the conservative parties’ obstructive actions in blocking social and economic reforms in parliament, undermined support for the … CIA, Report of CIA Chilean Task Force Activities, 15 September to 3 November 1970, November 18, 1970. The next page was spent mostly in discussing the internal politics of the UP. Friends Nº 20 December 11th. [4] The article itself was written the night of the election, before the actual results were in. Even partisans of the ultra-leftist MIR viewed the capture of state executive power as an authentic, critical achievement of working class struggle. 2003: Chile remembers 1973 coup. We have found no information, however, that the coup plotters’ or CIA’s intention was that the general be killed in any abduction effort. The Chilean coup of September 11, 1973, was the most severe defeat suffered by the international working class of the post-war epoch. From 1970 to 1973, the United States government was involved in overt and covert actions against the elected government of Chile led by Marxist Salvador Allende. Prior to 1970, Nixon and Kissinger did not pay much attention to Chile. He therefore became the first Marxist in the world to gain power in a free democratic election. 1970 - Salvador Allende becomes world's first democratically elected Marxist president and embarks on an extensive programme of nationalisation and radical social reform. José María de la Cruz, who belonged to the most influential family in Chilean politics of the time declared the election to have been rigged and allied liberals who … [11] ‘Chilean Army Moves to the Fore as Crisis Undermines Allende’. It ended with a unity program put forward by the MIR for the Chilean left: “To expropriate all North American investments in Chile! The class alliances it forged — between campesino, industrial worker, students, and salaried employees, between slum-dwelling pobladores and a city-dwelling middle class — were the basis of a new revolutionary power with roots in workers struggles, that developed beyond the 1970 election through the years of the Allende government. Chile - Chile - The military dictatorship, from 1973: On September 11, 1973, the armed forces staged a coup d’état. Instead, the pages of Intercontinental Press expose both the capitalist plots to topple Allende and his utter incapacity to do anything about it. Chile, with two brief exceptions, had been under civilian constitutional rule since 1833, making it one of Latin America’s strongest and most stable democracies. Country Joe & the Revolution in Chile. However, because of its role as a “government party,” and “at the request of Allende and his ministers,” these resolutions were kept secret from the masses “in order not to provoke the bourgeoisie!” Groupings like the ELN were “torn between maintaining minimum discipline to the party and taking up the far-from-resolved problem of concretely arming the Chilean workers, as called for by their strategic analysis, and that’s without mentioning the organizational weaknesses inherent in this kind of ambiguous situation.”. Chile - Chile - Struggle for independence: Despite the colony’s isolation, its inhabitants at the start of the 19th century were affected by developments elsewhere. Topics included the development of leftist groupings in Chilean trade unions[1], Fidel Castro’s criticisms of the Christian Democratic Party under President Eduardo Frei[2], analyses of Chilean elections[3], and much more. The basis of this political power was a centuries-old system of land ownership and a form of semi-feudal tenant farming. https://www.patreon.com/Jabzy https://twitter.com/JabzyJoe Music - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjMZjGhrFq_4llVS_x2XJ_w But Allende and his populist reforms weren’t popular with one group: U.S. corporations like ITT , Pepsi and Anaconda Copper, and they leaned heavily on a friend in the White House, Richard Nixon, and his chief foreign policy architect Henry Kissinger, to do something. Kissinger believed that nothing important happened in the Southern hemisphere, and they were preoccupied by the Vietnam War. Support for Coup in 1970. But the system of government inaugurated by Portales was less of a modern liberal democracy and more a consolidation of power by a small clique of elite rulers, with a veneer of republicanism. Two presidencies later, including the authoritarian populist military leader Carlos Ibáñez, who instituted a kind of Chilean perónismo. The Alliance for Progress, signed in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, was designed to prevent the spread of socialism throughout the … It was the protection of these interests that launched the War of the Pacific, from which Chile emerged as the victor, winning territory in the North whose mineral production continues to drive the economic development of the country to this day. Alessandri appealed to those who believed the social question should be addressed, to those worried by the decline in nitrate exports during World War I, and to those weary of presidents dominated by Congress. 1970 - Salvador Allende becomes world's first democratically elected Marxist president and embarks on an extensive programme of nationalisation and radical social reform. A major focus of the Intercontinental Press coverage of Allende’s presidency was to expose his inability to lead the struggle against the national and imperialist capitalist classes, while also pointing to the class forces that could, with the aid of revolutionary leadership, actually lead the struggle to victory. Two simultaneous campaigns were led by the United States in Latin America — first, coordination and training of the armed forces of Latin American countries. Nevertheless, the workers, through their organization in the cordones industriales, were beginning for the first time to not only “own” production through nationalization but to run it in their own self-interest. At the outset the junta received the support of the oligarchy and of a sizable part of the middle class. 2003: Chile remembers 1973 coup. The Allende Years and the Pinochet Coup, 1969–1973. The Agency's extensive efforts to promote a military coup in Chile—known as Track II—were revealed by the U.S. Senate Select Committee led by Senator Frank Church in the mid-1970s. Against this, the bosses began making demands to Allende that the factory takeovers slow down and that the emerging workers’ defense guards be disarmed. Page 174. Even the cordones industriales, sometimes touted as a more revolutionary “alternative” power, were organized on this basis—this was not a question for any of the primary participants on either side of the class struggle in Chile in the 1970s. The United States also began to lay the groundwork for a military coup in this stage, authorizing the Ambassador to Chile to encourage this outcome with his contacts in the Chilean military. The briefing contains details on the failed coup attempt on October 22--but does not acknowledge a CIA role in the assassination of General Rene Schneider. Simultaneously, the Chilean state solidified its dependence on private, monopoly saltpeter mining by foreign interests through a tax structure that made state revenue highly dependent on sodium nitrate mining, effectively subordinating the Chilean economy to British capitalism, which also came to dominate the internal consumer market through importation of British manufactured goods. Chile 1964-1973 William Blum, Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions since World War II, (Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, s1995). On September 11, 1973, a military coup overthrew the Chilean President Salvador Allende Gossens, who was a democratically elected Socialist. Even before the election of Allende, Intercontinental Press covered developments in the Chilean class struggle with a high level of depth and precision. [11] This followed a year of reporting on the Chilean police and military being used to violently put down demonstrations for workers’ rights and against imperialism.[12]. [5] ‘Allende Shelves Criticism of Nixon’. Exploitation of mineral resources led to a more industrialized political economy, with an ascendent, small mining elite, often with ties to the Great Britain and the United States. The whole of the body of writing put out by Intercontinental Press, and often republished in the SWP’s weekly newspaper, The Militant, on the Chilean class struggle during Allende’s presidency maintained the line of building a working-class solution to the crisis based on a revolutionary program and with the guidance of a revolutionary party. Garcia detailed the quasi-opposed interests of the different sectors of national capitalists. The tax was a flat-rate … The guys in the new American station-wagons. Inprecor. According to handwritten notes taken by CIA Director Richard Helms, Nixon issued explicit instructions to prevent the newly elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, … With this in mind, Garcia qualified the creation of the UP as a “step backwards for the Chilean workers movement” and stated that “if Salvador Allende wins, we will see the formation of a worker-bourgeois coalition government, which under cover of party politics, will block authentic mass participation in the administration of the country and will defend the capitalist structure.”. Only under the threat of mutiny did the Socialist Republic organize elections and center-right candidate Arturo Alessandri won the race. Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations. It read, “In no case do [these reforms] represent a change, not even an incipient one, in the class nature of the Chilean state. The Socialist Workers Party and its international cothinkers had fundamental criticisms of the Popular Unity (Unidad Popular, UP) government led by Salvador Allende. That article began with an overview of the mechanics and recent background of the Chilean election process, including mobilizations and counter-mobilizations in the streets after the election, before delving into the class composition of the coalition that supported Allende. In a reflection of Chile's increased ideological polarization, Allende was … Page 5. The first paragraph stated, “This offensive demonstrated the total failure of the reformist schemes that envisage the working class in Chile taking power through elections and by using the bourgeois state apparatus”[10]. His analysis pointed out that although the Christian Democrats had gained great influence among the population through their bourgeois-democratic reformist program, they had shown themselves unable to significantly raise the country out of poverty or to free it from domination by imperialism. [39] Cable, Santiago Station to CIA HQ, “Arms to Start Uprising,” 06 October 1970. “We were aware of coup plotting in 1973, but we did not instigate it,” she said. On November 4th 1970, Salvador Allende took up the Presidency of Chile. They're not out there every day, but most of us have seen them. [3] ‘Analysis of Chilean Elections’. At the outset the junta received the support of the oligarchy and of a sizable part of the middle class. Whenever the working class fails to learn from the past it is condemned to re-live it. Everywhere, in the wildcat strikes in the United States and West Germany, the factory occupations in France, and in civil insurrections in the USSR, … Mar 24, 1969. In the presidential elections of 1970, Allende ran again. Votes: 18,403 | Gross: $14.00M Allende died with his revolution, as did many others after Augosto Pinochet’s military dictatorship seized power. The pace and urgency in denouncing Allende in every concrete case became even more resounding as the coup-seekers became fully mobilized in 1973. These highly controversial dates pooh-poohed the long-accepted Clovis paradigm, which stated that the Americas w… Shortly after independence from Spain, silver was discovered in the Norte Chico region of Chile, and the export of silver along with wheat to new grain markets in California and Australia — thanks to the gold rushes in each respective area and Chile’s strategic placement as a transit hub to both — fueled a boom in Chile’s economy. The industrial and agrarian reforms under Allende were instigated by a tremendous push from below in … With the re-emergence of a massive class struggle in Chile, the analysis provided by Trotskyists and other revolutionaries of the failures of the Chilean government under Salvador Allende in the early 1970s is critically important. In a spectacular historical coincidence, the first September issue of Intercontinental Press was published on Sept. 10, 1973, one day before the coup that killed Allende and implemented the reign of terror under Pinochet. Soon afterward, the Oct 5, 1970, issue of IP carried an article by a Chilean, Alfredo Garcia, titled “Behind Allende’s Electoral Victory,” which had been written on the eve of the elections. As soon as the silver mines were exhausted, the Chilean republic immediately went to war with Bolivia and Peru for control over what was then Southern, coastal Bolivia, an area in which Chilean mining interests had invested heavily in following the silver rush. In particular, the battle over the role of the state in the economy — whether it should support traditional agrarian economic interests by remaining laissez-faire or engage in ascendent industrial development and protectionism, took center stage, along with what would become the chronic problem of controlling inflation. revolution disarmed chile 1970 1973 book online at best prices in india on amazonin read the revolution disarmed chile 1970 1973 book reviews author details and more at amazonin free delivery on qualified orders revolution disarmed chile 1970 1973 by gabriel smirnow new york monthly review press 1979 pp 170 1 jorge i tapia videla the endless search for the chile that never was a critical reaction to three … On Sept. 11, 1973, the four branches of Chile's armed forces overthrew the government of Salvador Allende in a violent coup. The left wing of the PDC, disillusioned with the lack of progress in land reform, split from the party following a massacre of protesters in the … Page 303. More CIA files and other documents on Chile are to be released in a few weeks. In 1970, Chile, through the Agrarian Reform, was on the verge of toppling the base of traditional political power it had inherited from colonial times. 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Died: Dec. 10, 2006 in Santiago, Chile; Education: Chilean War Academy; Published Works: The Crucial Day; Spouse: María Lucía Hiriart Rodríguez; Children: Augusto Osvaldo, Jacqueline Marie, Lucía, Marco Antonio, María Verónica; Notable Quote: "Everything I did, all my actions, all of the problems I had I dedicate to God and to Chile, because I kept Chile from becoming Communist." World Outlook. 1000 Days of Revolution – Chilean Communists on the Lessons of Popular Unity 1970-73; Praxis Press, 2018; ISBN 978-1-899155-071. The CIA was aware of the plan. New York : Monthly Review Press, ©1979 (OCoLC)561611285 Additional Physical Format: Online version: Smirnow, Gabriel. Despite its major imperfections, it was taken seriously as an organization fighting against reformism on the ground. The fact that there existed both grassroots worker organization alongside the “official” state power wielded by the Allende government and a “bureaucratic” expression of the workers movement within the state itself, with varying degrees of collaboration and independence between one another doesn’t discount the revolutionary character of the Allende government or the Popular Unity coalition. They drew major lessons from their own unpreparedness and continued the process that was becoming the nucleic formation of dual power. Inspired by the Fidelista success in expropriating Yankee corporations, Chilean leftists had radicalized their immediate goals by early 1961. Unfortunately, the left-wing organizations were unable, or unwilling, to mobilize the workers against the growing rightist threat; the MIR foolishly denounced the Teniente miners’ strike as “fascist.”. The military junta that succeeded Allende, headed by Augusto Pinochet, established a record for human rights abuses that continues to haunt Chilean society, and also helped bring human rights matters to the fore in the United States. This paper provides the talking points for CIA director Richard Helms to brief the NSC on the situation in Chile. The final article in this issue, and in fact in IP before the coup, was Gerry Foley’s “Counterrevolutionaries Step Up Pressure in Chile,” with the subtitle “Seek a ‘Brazilian’ or ‘Indonesian’ Solution.” Foley exposed the fact that while the right-wing press openly called for a coup and an “Indonesian Solution” to the problem of communism, Allende’s supposedly “constitutionalist” military commanders were carrying out raids of factories and workers’ districts searching for weapons. Every step of the way, they showed that a “popular front” based on the unity of working-class forces with “progressive” capitalists could pave the road for a bloody defeat. Therefore, Garcia called for the arming of the workers, while pointing out that the reformist parties refused to take that step. On May 10, 1971, Intercontinental Press carried an analysis first published by Rouge, the newspaper of the Fourth International’s section in France, the League Communiste, and titled “After the April Municipal Elections.”[7] That article, by Jean-Pierre Beauvais, stated very clearly again that all of the reforms established by Allende in fact were in direct continuity with the pro-imperialist governments before him. CIA, Briefing by Richard Helms for the National Security Council, Chile, November 6, 1970. Inprecor. The footprint was estimated to be 12,500 years old, and other evidence of human habitation in Chile dated back still further - perhaps as far as 33, 000 years. It has been relatively free of the coups and arbitrary governments that have blighted the continent. But when the "coup opportunity" presented itself with the October 22, 1970 assassination of General René Schneider, "Frei moved quickly away from it," according to the CIA. As the workers, students, shantytown dwellers, and peasants filled the streets to celebrate the electoral victory of the Popular Unity ticket, the wealthy residents of the fancy neighborhoods they marched through, shuttered their doors and boarded their windows in anticipation of the mob violence that never came. A full picture was given of all the different tendencies on the left in their orientation to building working-class power. The first article placed the failure of the coup on the general balance of class forces in the country. Like any revolution, the Chilean Revolution requires the success of similar movements in other areas. By the 1920s, the emerging middle and working classes were powerful enough to elect a reformist president, Arturo Alessandri Palma. Fourth International / Trotskyism, Internationalism, Latin America. After all, Chile was an experimental laboratory for the misguided intellectual ideas that prevailed at the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. During the first coup attempt in June, representatives of the working-class parties signed a united statement calling for the socialization of “all plants,” production and distribution in the hands of the workers, and a popular milita whose victory could only be assured if its leadership was in the hands of the working class. The article went into extensive yet concise detail about the emergence of the particular political and economic conjuncture in Chile that might allow for the election of Allende[4]. Garcia showed that the election reflected a massive upsurge in working-class, peasant, and student activity. Visual art in this revolutionary period also flourished in the form of a grassroots street muralist movement headed up by the Brigada Ramona Parra (no relation to Violeta), young muralists tied to the Communist Party who worked under the cover of dark to produce striking and vibrant representations of working class political consciousness. THE CUBAN REVOLUTION: CHILE, 1958 - 1970. Presidents in Chile were prohibited from running for second terms. The economic basis of the tenant farming system, called the latifundios, was exportation — first of animal products to Peru in the 1600s, then later grain to the same up until the time of independence in 1810. The SWP would not, I do not believe, have agreed with all of the formulations in that document, but found it important to show concrete examples of what key groups were actually doing on the ground. Despite the pleas to Allende from popular front newspapers like Chile Hoy, his political subordination to bourgeois legality and his “pragmatic” coalition with the national bourgeoisie and “constitutionalist” military officers resulted in the president’s supporting the torture of left-wing rank-and-file soldiers for opposing the coup against him. … Chiles armed forces stage a coup détat against the government of President Salvador Allende, the first democratically elected Marxist leader in Latin America. The vital power of unity will break the dams of dictatorships and open the course for other peoples to be free and to build their own destiny.”. p. 182. Foley reveals that major union leaders in the CP and SP offered to put a massive number of workers in action to end the truckers strike, yet Allende rejected this and relied only on the military. From the 1930s to the 1970s, Chile was considered one of the relatively stable democracies of South America. The focus was always on the self-activity of the working class against both the reformist government and the local and imperialist capitalist class. Of course it’s critically important to analyze and understand the failings of the Popular Unity coalition, its political philosophy, and its inability to overcome the combined resistance of the forces arrayed against it. [37] Cable, Santiago Station to CIA HQ, “It Reported,” 13 October 1970. They also used the opportunities provided by the living class struggle to put forward transitional demands aimed at winning over broad sections of the working class to revolutionary perspectives, gave space in their press to Trotskyist tendencies within the Chilean movement, and were able to educate their readers in the ABCs of the Marxist theories of the state, the revolutionary party, and permanent revolution. By the time of the 1970 election 'Revolution in Liberty' had been exposed as a gigantic fraud and the PDC vote collapsed from 56% in 1964 to 27.8%. CC BY 3.0 CL. Page 20. Foreword As an evocative symbol, Cuba weakened the fatalismo which had traditionally exerted a moderating force upon egalitarian nationalists in Chile. The domestic opposition — including the sitting president Eduardo Frei Montalva of the center-left Christian Democratic Party whispered to his advisors about the possibility of the military taking control of the situation. Allende survived the aerial attack but then apparently shot himself to death as troops stormed the burning palace, reportedly using an automatic rifle given to him as a gift by Cuban di… There is considerable debate … [9] ‘How ITT-CIA Plotted Coup Against Allende’. He stated that the MIR (Movement for the Revolutionary Left) might have been a key element in providing a revolutionary leadership for workers and peasants, but its ambiguous politics—at first believing that it would be impossible for the UP to win the elections, and then partially subordinating itself to the Allende forces—had weakened its influence. The 1973 Chilean coup d'état was a military coup in Chile that deposed the Popular Unity government of President Salvador Allende.On 11 September 1973, after an extended period of social unrest and political tension between the opposition-controlled Congress and the socialist President, as well as economic warfare ordered by U.S President Richard Nixon, a group of military officers led by General Augusto … September 11, 1973, was the Popular Unity coalition itself the quasi-opposed interests of the and. Class fails to learn from the past it is condemned to re-live it sectors of national.... 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