President Salvador Allende and First Lady Hortensia Bussi de Allende before the 9/11/1973 Chilean coup d’état led by Augusto Pinochet and after the coup d’état from Chile, Obstinate Memory/Chile, la memoria obstinada (Patricio Guzmán, 1997)
Memories of Pinochet’s Chile
On September 11, 1973, Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized power in a U.S.-backed coup that deposed the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, who committed suicide rather than surrender and led to 17 years of military rule.
Some 40,000 people suffered human rights abuses in Chile from 1973 to 1990. More than 3,000 were killed or forcibly disappeared, their bodies buried in unmarked graves or dumped at sea.