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September 12, 2005

The Other 9/11

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As the US “celebrates” the 4th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, it might be good to make note of another tragic 9/11 anniversary.

In Chile, they commemorate 9/11 as the day that dictator Augusto Pinochet took power, suspending the constitution, dissolving all labor unions, banning all political parties, burning subversive books, censoring the media, massacring thousands of political dissidents, kidnapping and torturing thousands more, imprisoning hundreds of thousands, and sending almost one million fleeing into self-imposed exile. Pinochet gripped the country in his iron fist for 17 years.

And as with most Latin American coups, the US seems to have played a role in Pinochet’s success.

This Chilean columnist explains (somewhat tongue-in-cheek, I think) his country’s traditions regarding its own 9/11. Every year, he says, some people solemnly light candles for the dead, while cops and protesters exchange volleys of molotovs and tear gas bombs.

And in the US, we commemorate with sorrow, light shows, and marching where the Pentagon tells us to.

Posted by Jake on September 12, 2005 11:34 pm

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