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Socialist hero and champion of the poor who was President of Chile from 1970-73. He was the first democratically elected Marxist in human history; a friend of Fidel Castro and admirer of revolutionary Che Guevara, yet he was totally dedicated to achieving socialism through peaceful, legislative means. Eventually his nationalization policies pissed off American multinational corporations and he was killed in a coup d'etat engineered by the CIA, replaced with a blood-soaked pro-US dictator named Augusto Pinochet, whose reign of terror lasted 17 years.
Salvador Allende was a man of the people, and thus an enemy of American corporate fascism.

"Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers! These are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish felony, cowardice, and treason." - Salvador Allende, September 11, 1973.
by allendevive November 15, 2006
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