The Heat: Chile Coup 50 Years On

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Chile marks the 50th anniversary of its coup in 1973.      

It is now 50 years since Chile was rocked by a military coup in September 1973. 

It was backed by the United States and brought an end to the government of the democratically elected Marxist president, Salvador Allende. 

General Augusto Pinochet took over and under his military rule, which was bloody and divisive,  it lasted until 1990. Today, Chile is still dealing with the trauma of those turbulent times.

Joining the discussion: 

  • Jorge Heine is a former Chilean ambassador to China. 
  • Peter Kuznick is a history professor at American University and the director of its Nuclear Studies Institute.
  • Brian Becker is the Executive Director of the anti-war group, the ANSWER Coalition.