SALVADOR ALLENDE

AND THE 1973 CHILEAN COUP

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For more on the geopolitical machinations behind the events in Chile in 1973, check out: Nixon, Kissinger, and Allende: U.S. Involvement in the 1973 Coup in Chile


Allende (left) defeated the conservative candidate Jorge Alessandri (right) in a very tight presidential race in 1970. Allende had previously unsuccessfully run for the presidency in the 1950s and 60s. He was able to win office in 1970 with the support of a coalition of liberals, socialists and communists.


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National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger (left) famously declared that the United States would not let Chile "go communist" just because that was what its people had voted for. Allende was not actually a communist, but he was too leftwing for Nixon (right) who was determined to maintain US dominance in Latin America during the Cold War.


Left, the presidential residence under siege during the 1973 coup led by General Augusto Pinochet (right).