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The Other September 11th

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the bloody CIA-backed military coup that toppled the popularly-elected government in Chile. This bloody day would usher in  decades of abductions, torture and murder under the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet that sought to eliminate any resistance, either tactical or philosophical, to its violent reign. By the time Pinochet lost power in 1990, causalities included well known names like President Salvador Allende and musician and poet Victor Jara as well as tens of thousands students, artists, writers and other proponents of liberation.

In honor of those who lost their lives to violence and repression, the Freedom Archives has compiled a short list of integral footage, recordings and articles that provide context behind the bloody day as well as firsthand accounts of individuals who witnessed the events firsthand. Check out our interview from Isabel Allende from 2013. Spanish version here.

From the Berkeley Barb:

The Coup and the Gringos (1975)

Audio Documentary:

Chile: The Promise of Freedom Part 1

Chile: The Promise of Freedom Part 2

You can check out our entire collection on Chile here.


Chile: The Other 9/11

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Since 2001, September 11th has become solely represented by the destruction of the twin towers in New York City and the beginning of America’s “War on Terror”. However, before 2001, there was another 9/11. In 1973, a military coup backed by the United States, overthrew the Chilean government and ushered in seventeen years of brutal dictatorship. Thousands of people were killed and disappeared; thousands more were arrested and tortured. That day marked the end of one of Latin America’s longest democratic traditions, and brought on almost two decades of murder, disappearances, repression, and fear. Check out the two part documentary featuring Isabel Allende, Ariel Dorfman, and others along with historic sound recordings and music, produced by the Freedom Archives.



If you enjoy the documentary make sure to join us on Wednesday September 11th  from 7-10 pm at La Pena in Berkeley. We’ll be premiering  a new video with Chilean author Isabel Allende, Alejandro Murguia & Nina Serrano will be sharing their poetry with music by Rico Pabon & Camilo Landau.

3105 Shattuck Ave Berkeley
$10-20 (no one turned away)

Hope to see you there!!


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