Chile Dictatorship

Salvador Allende and Augusto Pinochet


Salvador Allende and Augusto Pinochet marked Chile with terrifying deaths and their dictatorship was harmful to mostly all people from Chile. From 1970, all the way to 1998 people from Chile lived a life of fear and thirst for justice. After Allende, a Marxist, was elected president due from lies about giving Chileans a peaceful democracy people discovered the terrifying truth that he wanted to establish a totalitarian government. People started protesting for antimarxist and on September 11, 1973, the military attacked the palace were Allende was present and who then committed suicide. After the coup, Pinochet being head of the army seized control of the country with other four members.

Even before Augusto Pinochet became president he was responsible for many deaths Such as the Caravan Of Death. Before time, Pinochet declared himself to not be ambitious. After the coup, Pinochet delivered a speech saying, ” ...I am not an ambitious man; I would not want to seem to be a usurper of power"(Childress,2005). Pinochet’s speech, in fact, was not true at all as explained in the book because Pinochet used violence, such as torture, to stay in power.

What were some positive effects after Pinochet came to power?

Some positive effects after Pinochet came to power was the rise of the economy. The economy, as well as safety, was better than in Allende’s years. In the New York Times it says, " He won grudging international praise for some of the free-market policies he instituted, transforming a bankrupt economy into the most prosperous in Latin America" (Jonathan, 2005). New York time also goes on in saying how he created a better social security system and a central bank that controlled interest which made it possible to cut wages rapidly. Although Pinochet is responsible for deaths and tortures as also the cruel leadership he did improve the economy. It is difficult to say that he was good dictatorship because although he took Chile out of the hole they were in, he then filled the hole with many deaths.


"Amnesty International." Life under Pinochet: Chile Remembers. UTC, 7 Aug. 2013. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

OPVL:"Amnesty International" is a news source wanting to inform about Pinochet's dictatorship. It gives us specific information as to what happened under Pinochet's dictatorship and also some human right violations. Although it gives us much information it lacks in the analysis of the events.

"Chilean Accused of Murder, Torture Taught 13 Years for Pentagon."Mcclatchydc. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2015.

Childress, Diana. Augusto Pinochet's Chile. Minneapolis: n.p., 2005. Print. Twenty-First Century Book.

OPVL- This book by Diana Childress gives later on perspectives as also some quotes and pictures of the time period. The book was helpful for learning more about the events under Pinochet's rule. The purpose, inform the reader of what happened in Chile after Pinochet came to power.

Helmore, Edward. "40 Year Fight For Justice Against Pinochet."PopularResistanceOrg. Tribute To Justice, 08 Sept. 2013. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

Kandell, Jonathan. "Augusto Pinochet, Dictator Who Ruled by Terror in Chile, Dies at 91." The New York Times. The New York Times, 10 Dec. 2006. Web. 20 Sept. 2015.

OPVL-Thus is a newspaper published in 2006. This newspaper gives some background knowledge of who was Pinochet and Allende. It focuses more on negative outcomes of Pinochet's dictatorship. This piece is good for gathering primary sources, but it lacks in some aspects of numbers.

"The Coup That Crushed Democracy in Chile." N.p., 18 Sept. 2015. Web. 20 Sept. 2015.