Weird History

The Other 9/11: An Atrocity In Chile That Led To 40,000 People Tortured & Killed

On September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet carried out a coup d'etat against the democratic government in Chile, led by Salvador Allende. Allende, head of the Popular Unity party, came to power in 1970 in a heavily contested election. Despite being democratically elected, Allende was a Marxist – a terrifying prospect to global capitalist powers, including the US, during the Cold War. His tenure in office as Chilean president was characterized by social and political unrest in Chile, not to mention international unease. 

The role of the US in international politics during the Cold War resulted in CIA supported coups, or attempted coups, in places like Indonesia and Cuba. With Richard Nixon's assertion in the early 1970s that he would do whatever it took to keep Allende from coming to power, Chile got the same attention with brutal consequences.