Note: It is important to recall that bloody coup was backed and orchestrated by the US as an experiment in Milton Friedman’s neoliberalism. And as Naomi Klein points out the outcomes were disastrous to Chileans, “The Chile of the 1960s had the best health and education systems on the continent, as well as a vibrant industrial sector and rapidly expanding middle class. Chileans believed in their state, which is why they elected Allende to take the project even further.
“After the coup and the death of Allende, Pinochet and his Chicago Boys did their best to dismantle Chile’s public sphere, auctioning off state enterprises and slashing financial and trade regulations. Enormous wealth was created in this period but at a terrible cost: by the early eighties, Pinochet’s Friedman-prescribed policies had caused rapid de-industrialization, a ten-fold increase in unemployment and an explosion of distinctly unstable shantytowns. They also led to a crisis of corruption and debt so severe that, in 1982, Pinochet was forced to fire his key Chicago Boy advisors and nationalize several of the large deregulated financial institutions.”
11 September, 2013. Source: BBC
Some of the protests to commemorate the coup turned violent
Protesters and police have clashed in Chile ahead of the anniversary of the coup led by Gen Augusto Pinochet.
Police said they had arrested dozens of people for erecting barricades and throwing stones and petrol bombs.
A bus was set alight in the capital, Santiago, where 8,000 officers have been deployed to prevent any violence.
The 1973 coup deposed the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, and led to 17 years of military rule.
Past anniversaries have regularly been marked by demonstrations, some of which turned violent.
Interior Minister Andres Chadwick said on Wednesday that “up to this moment the reports have been very positive compared to what we were expecting”.
He said that “major troublemakers were trying to take advantage of the occasion”, but assured Santiago residents that the city was functioning normally.
Protesters have erected burning barricades in two Santiago neighbourhoods, police reported.