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"Pinochet's coup plunged Chile into a 17-year dictatorship of torture and death, of which Salvador Allende was the first victim," the Brazilian president recalled.
On Monday, Brazilian President Lula da Silva affirmed that the 50th anniversary of the coup d'état in Chile "is a day to celebrate democracy," pay tribute to the late President Salvador Allende, and repudiate all types of authoritarianism.
"More than remembering the 50 years of the military coup in Chile and the death of Allende, today is a day in which we reaffirm democracy as an essential value for human beings," he posted regarding Sept. 11.
On this date, South Americans must celebrate democracy and together build a "history of freedom and the fight against hunger and all forms of inequality," he added.
Since the Brazilian progressive leader is in India participating in the G20 summit, he could not attend the events held in Santiago in honor of the victims of the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).
❗️UK-supplied warplanes were used by #Chile's military to bomb Salvador Allende’s presidential palace in the 11 September 1973 coup.
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However, the Brazilian government sent a large representation led by Justice Minister Flavio Dino and Human Rights Minister Silvio Almeida.
"Pinochet's coup plunged the country into a 17-year dictatorship of torture and death, of which Allende was the first victim. His 'crime' was trying to make Chile a more developed and fairer country," Lula emphasized, adding that the South American peoples breathed again when democracy returned to countries suffocated by authoritarianism such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.
"As Allende said at his last speech at the La Moneda Palace, history is ours and it is made by the people," stressed Lula, who cut his teeth in politics through the unions and faced the dictatorship that reigned in Brazil between 1964 and 1985.
#OnThisDay | On September 11, 1973, a democratically elected Socialist/Marxist government led by President Salvador Allende in Chile was overthrown in a military coup that the CIA admitted later that it had engineered. pic.twitter.com/8eO0DRcgDP