Dictator of Chile
Augusto Pinochet was born in 1973 in Valparaiso, Chile. From 1973-1990 he ruled over Chile in the position of military dictator and army officer. He was a harsh, ruthless, disciplined, demanding dictator who used violence to control the people. He was very strict and strived to gain power. His inspiration to be an intellectual came from the five books he wrote on politics and warfare. He advanced quickly to higher ranking positions by the command of President Allende, Pinochet used this to his advantage to take down Allende and take control. Pinochet was running a concentration camp for communists until he was later promoted to commander-in-chief of the military. He used this to his advantage to take over the government even though Chile's economy and people were suffering. He arranged an aircraft attack on the president's house resulting in the death of Allende and intending to take total control. He got Chile involved in what is called Operation Condor, along with other partaking countries, to control leftists. This was done through violence as there were kidnappings, disappearances and killings executed by the secret police they created. Pinochet’s created a group of economists to encourage his reforms which in the end caused wages to plummet and unemployment to increase. After those years of ruling, he is mostly known for his unmerciful and cruel actions that negatively effected Chile.
Remembering the Devastating past
Remembering the past of Pinochet's Horror
Journal Entry - Augusto Pinochet
The Power - Journal Entry #1
Now promoted to President of Chile, I now have the power to control all actions. I have big plans for the country followed by lots of changes. I have already started making restrictions to the citizens which will soon change their traditions and lifestyles to revolve around my ideals. I have already created my military coup that will report to me for everything and will preform any task demanded. They are well put group that disciplines well although I would like to see a harsher punishment. I have gained lots of support from citizens and from the U.S. helping with military support. That is all I have to write for now but hopefully when I write next I will have gained more power and are closer to reaching total control.