The date Sept. 11 is interwoven in the history of both North and South America. In South America, however, the date has been significant for 44 years, marking the U.S.-sponsored coup in 1973 that brought down the government of socialist President Salvador Allende in Chile.
These same tactics are being used today by the United States against the socialist government of Venezuela, including economic and political sabotage, sanctions and the threat of military intervention.
teleSUR compares the details of the coup that ushered in the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship with U.S. attacks on Venezuela today, as well as analyzing the 9/11 attacks in the United States in 2001 that brought down the World Trade Center's largest towers in New York City, leading to continuous U.S. wars around the world.
Salvador Allende, the iconic left-wing leader and one of Chile’s best-known presidents, was born on this day on June 26, 1908. The tragic fate of his government, overthrown in a right-wing coup in 1973, changed the history of the country—and region—forever. READ MORE
In Chile, it seems there’s always someone protesting about something. This year the South American nation has seen large protests of students demanding better education, workers pressing for their pensions, women fighting for reproductive rights, among others. READ MORE
Like the McCarthy era Red Scares, for over a decade the threat of terrorism has been used to intimidate the U.S. public into accepting an extreme right-wing political agenda. READ MORE
The military coup in Chile led to the disappearance and murder of thousands of civilians. | Photo EFE
The Chilean presidential palace La Moneda under fire during the coup on Sept. 11, 1973. | Photo Reuters
Troops loyal to President Allende defend the Minister of Defense outside the presidential palace. | Photo EFE
The last photo of President Salvador Allende alive at the La Moneda presidential palace.
A person lights a candle in tribute to Salvador Allende. | Photo EFE
Smoke billows from the World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 11, 2001, after the towers collapsed. | Photo EFE
The ruins of the Twin Towers are seen after the terrorist attack in New York. | Photo Reuters
A New York fireman walks past a tribute to the victims of the September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center. | Photo EFE
An image taken September 12, 2001, showing front pages of Swedish newspapers. | Photo EFE