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1973 Chilean coup d'état
Part of the history of Chile, Operation Condor, and the Cold War
Golpe de Estado 1973.jpg
The bombing of La Moneda on 11 September 1973 by the Chilean Armed Forces
Date 11 September 1973
Location Chile
Result
  • Popular Unity government overthrown
  • Death of Salvador Allende
  • Military Junta Government led by General Augusto Pinochet assumed power
Participants
Chile Chilean Government
Flag of the MIR - Chile.svg Revolutionary Left Movement
"Group of Personal Friends"
Other working-class militants
Chile Chilean Armed Forces
Supported by:
United States United States
Brazil Brazil
Commanders and leaders
Chile Salvador Allende 
Chile Max Marambio
Flag of the MIR - Chile.svg Miguel Enríquez
Chile Augusto Pinochet
Chile José Toribio Merino
Chile Gustavo Leigh
Chile César Mendoza
Casualties and losses
46 GAP
60 in total during the coup

The 1973 Chilean coup d'état was a critical moment in both the history of Chile and the Cold War.

Following many years of social unrest and political tension between the opposition-controlled Congress of Chile and the socialist President Salvador Allende, as well as economic warfare ordered by US President Richard Nixon.

Allende was overthrown by the armed forces and national police.

The presidential palace was bombed. During the air raids and ground attacks that preceded the coup, Allende gave his final speech, in which he vowed to stay in the presidential palace. Direct witness accounts of Allende's death agree that he killed himself in the palace.

This marked the beginning of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

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