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Chilean experts deny thesis on Allende’s failure as cause of coup

Santiago, Chile, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) Political leaders have denied the theory that the breakdown of democracy in Chile was caused by President Salvador Allende's alleged failure.

The general secretary of the Communist Party of Chile, Lautaro Carmona, told Prensa Latina on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the coup d’état that the United States was conspiring along with the right wing and military personnel, both retired and active, even before the Popular Unity government existed.

“There was still no government and the conspiracy was already underway, there was a determination to prevent at any cost this project from making its way successfully, because it was a reference for other peoples,” Carmona told the news agency.

He explained that former Army Commander-in-Chief Ricardo Martínez himself admitted that the fatal attack on General René Schneider, on October 22, 1970, was an attempt to prevent the National Congress from certifying Allende’s victory in the elections.

The weapons used in the attack were shipped from the United States by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and delivered by the United States Embassy to the ringleaders of the plot, Martínez stated in a book published recently.

Daniel Jadue, member of the Central Committee and the Political Commission of the Communist Party of Chile, in turn, said to Prensa Latina that the participation of the United States in conspiracies against progressive governments is not only a Chilean milestone.

“Today we commemorate 50 years of the coup d’état in Chile, but also one year of the coup d’état perpetrated in Peru, nearly four of the one in Bolivia, 14 of the one in Honduras, 21 of the one in Venezuela and 47 of the one in Argentina,” Jadue noted.

The official added that “we are talking about an imperial policy framed in two centuries of the Monroe Doctrine, extended to the entire world, as we have seen in Ukraine, Syria, Libya or Iraq. There will be no changes in the future, especially if one considers that this will be “a period marked by a great contraction of the profit rate of transnational capital, which makes them more aggressive.”

In response to the question about whether the world is in a new Cold War, he responded that it has never left that stage actually, because after the demise of one of the opposing poles, the Soviet Union, there have been more wars and violence compared to that period.

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