The right to live in peace: a commemoration of Victor Jara and the reality of the Chilean coup

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By Daniel Andrade
September 8, 2013

How many people have to die? How many martyrs do we have to give to the cause before we have the right to live in peace? The Chilean coup that took place on September 11, 1973 is a striking point in our world’s history that clearly demonstrates the real interests of imperialism but more importantly it is a piece of history that can catalyze the conscience and the heart of the people who are crazy (students) enough to think that they can change the world to make it a better place.

Salvador Allende was the democratically elected president of Chile who died during the military coup that overthrew his government on September 11, 1973. “La Moneda”, Chile’s presidential palace was on fire when president Allende died. Nevertheless, he was able to give a last speech to the Chilean people, which is now a big part of Allende’s legacy and in his own words, hopefully not in vain. It’s not a mystery that Nixon’s government and the CIA did everything they could to support the military coup against Allende.

In the process of satisfying their greed and economic interests, the US government helped establish one of the most deadly dictatorships of South American history. The number of victims of the dictatorship of Pinochet runs to  more than 40,000 people, which 3,065 of them are death, thousands more have disappeared, and  hundreds of thousands were forced into exile, between September of 1973 to March of 1990.[1]

¨The coup in Chile has thought us that the primary goal of military imperial US interventions throughout the world is to profit from chaos and satisfy economic interests¨

There have been efforts to undermine the memory of the victims of the coup, but now we have the opportunity to watch The right to live in peace, a documentary on the life of Victor Jara, one of Chile´s most prominent songwriter, musician and social activist. He was tortured and killed during the early days of the dictatorship of Pinochet. The film makes a parallel between the story of Jara and the historical processes carried out the popular movements in Chile before the coup of 1973.

You can demonstrate you care by joining us to the event commemorating 40 years of Chile’s lost democracy. You can watch the film and realize how we, students and young minded people, are the legacy of Jara and Allende. After all they continue to instill courage in us to seek the truth and to not get blinded by authoritarian governments and police states that misinform you. There is also an exhibition gallery of “subversive” newspapers, cassettes, records, etc. you are welcome to come. These were courageously saved for future generations (us!) to learn about the Chilean resistance. Do not be fooled by apologists of the dictatorship and join us this week!


[1] DELANO, Manuel, “Chile reconoce a más de 40,000 víctimas de la dictadura de Pinochet, El País, August 20, 2011, http://elpais.com/diario/2011/08/20/internacional/1313791208_850215.html

 

 86a5bbd87b89ee7f63e607dc7dd293da     THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN PEACE

      WHEN: Friday, September 13th through Friday, September 20th.

      TIME: 7pm opening, Friday 13th. 11- 4pm, Saturday 14th.*11- 9pm, Sunday 15th-Friday             20th.

     WHERE: MEDIUM GALLERY, 870 Dundas Street, London, Ontario.

     ADMISSION: FREE!!for the gallery during the exhibit. $10 / person on opening night on              September 13th, 7 pm. Coffee, fair-trade goods and Chilean refreshments.

    * On Saturday 14th at 7 pm there will also be a film showing at King’s College (The      right to live in peace, about the life of Victor Jara) and Medium Gallery will have     a talk by Chris Stroud about his photographs documenting migrant workers in           SW Ontario.

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