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Of Coups and Socialist Regimes…

In Survival on May 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm


The clashing ideals of the left and right wings have caused many governments to be hostile to each other. The many clashes of the two ideologies remain present today within the Latin America and the Caribbean as it was decades ago (to a far greater extent).

In 1973, a coup was orchestrated against first Marxist president in Latin America, President Salvador Allende of Chile; whose only real crime was nationalization of state resources. Then US President, Richard Nixon, feared that Chile would become “another Cuba”. Aide was subsequently cut off and support given to Allende’s opponents even as he sought to create a more equitable Chile for all. According to declassified documents relating to the coup, President Nixon would have ordered the CIA to make the Chilean economy scream to prevent Allende from coming to power or to unseat him. (National Security Archive, GWU)

Marxist President Salvador Allende: Chile (1970-3)

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