Down with Chilean dictatorship 1973-83Primary Artist: Terry Forman

Created: San Francisco Collective, 1983

Medium: Silkscreen

Dimensions: 17.5″ x 23″

On September 11 1973, a military coup led by Augusto Pinochet murdered the democratically elected Chilean President Salvador Allende  and established a military dictatorship. Pinochet’s regime “disappeared” thousands of dissenters, targeting journalists union leaders and student activists. On September 11. 1983, the tenth anniversary of Pinochet’s bloody coup, thousands of Chilean protesters called for new general elections and an end to the military dictatorship. Demonstrations went on for several days and 8 protesters were killed by police. The next 7 years were marked with ongoing protests and national strikes despite an increase in political repression, the killing of protesters and ”disappeared” opposition leaders. In March 1990 Pinochet left office after seventeen years in power, replaced by a democratically elected President.

Image: Graphic of miliary men with skull faces marching behind a tank, in a face-off with people throwing stones. The tank has the word “Pinochet” on the side and small skull and crossbones on the end of the muzzle.

Words: Sept 11, 1973–Sept 11, 1983 Down with the Chilean dictatorship! Support the Popular Resistance!

Color: black and red ink on white paper

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