1973 Chilean coup d'état facts for kids
|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
| Chilean Government
Revolutionary Left Movement
"Group of Personal Friends"
Other working-class militants
|Chilean Armed Forces|
|Commanders and leaders|
| Salvador Allende †
| Augusto Pinochet
José Toribio Merino
|Casualties and losses|
|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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