On this online exclusive edition of Going Underground, Social Media Producer Farhaan Ahmed speaks to Pablo Vivanco, a Chilean journalist and the former director of TeleSUR English for the 48th Anniversary of the US-backed, CIA-facilitated coup in Chile which saw the death of democratically-elected socialist President Salvador Allende and the beginning of an era of neoliberal fascism. He discusses the events on the day of the coup, the US’ campaign with Chilean allies to sabotage the Allende government and foment economic chaos, the Pinochet regime’s transformation of Chilean society into one modeled off of the Chicago Boys’ neoliberalism, conditions for the working class during the Pinochet regime and the rise of a continent-wide purge of the left through the US-organised Operation Condor, Britain and the US’ role in supporting the Pinochet dictatorship, the 2020 referendum which saw Chileans reject the Pinochet constitution and the Chilean general elections in November!
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Civil, military and religious institutions are sinking into the swamp of corruption while citizens are increasingly distancing themselves from them. However, the social and political force to organize and guide real change has yet to emerge. This is where the work of the Convention can help: to create the conditions for the emergence of a driving force for the new Chile but time is running out because the oligarchy is gambling to save from the shipwreck the system built by means of state terrorism during 17 years of dictatorship.
REDFISH—María Luisa Toledo, mother of the Vergara Toledo brothers, MIR militants who were victims of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. Her sons Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo were murdered in March 1985 in the emblematic Villa Francia. Pablo Vergara Toledo was found dead in November 1988 by the explosion of an alleged bomb. Since then, María Luisa Toledo has led the actions that seek to clarify the facts and achieve justice for the cases of her three sons.
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P. GREANVILLE—The materials featured below is the work of great political didacts, people of great talent as filmmakers, and political analysts. Patricio Guzman, the Chilean documentarian and author of The Battle of Chile (BOC), filmed literally in the teeth of Chile’s bloody counter-revolution, its precious stock smuggled out of the country with the aid of a brave antifascist, none other than Harald Edelstam, the Swedish ambassador (who had already gained distinction in WW2 by rescuing Jews and many antifascists from the Nazis), needs little introduction. The documentary, needless to say, made on the mythical shoestring, and eventually completed with the aid of Cuba, is a masterpiece of astute and accurate storytelling. Indeed, Guzman’s small team seems to be everywhere something critical is happening: in the copper mines where the workers are wrongheadedly siding against the government; inspecting the critical truck owners strike that selfishly and myopically paralyzed the country at a decisive moment (an ominous sign that, as Communist party leader Luis Corvalán feared, the middle and lower-middle-classes had not been fully won to the revolutionary project); or inside the Chilean Congress itself, where one naked betrayal after another seals the fate of Chile according to plans already drawn up in the late 1960s (we now know for a fact) in the US White House and America’s sordid intelligence and military precincts in conjunction with the traitorous Chilean oligarchy.
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M. HICKEY—The coup was inevitable. This was plain to all. In the film “When the People Awake”, made in Chile in 1972, the workers and peasants interviewed, revealed their knowledge of what was to occur one year later. It is a tragic document.
Time and again they stressed that to build socialism they would have to control the state. Time and again they reject the notion of peaceful transition. One may accept that the pronouncements on “the professional and constitutionalist tradition of our armed forces” made by the C.P. leaders right until their fall were tactical denials of the real situation, in order to stall for time. But where were these denials counterbalanced by the creation of an armed force amongst the people who would remain loyal? They were followed through by the admission into the Cabinet of Generals from the Forces, whose underlings were already preventing factory occupations in the provinces, and conducting a purge of progressive elements of the rank and file in the armed services. And why was General Prats not given the necessary authority to commandeer the road transport vehicles during the Stoppage this summer? It would hardly have been a revolutionary act on Allende’s part, but it may well have split the army on the question of loyalty.