Mausoleo de Salvador Allende
Cementerio General
Santiago, 2013

With marches, plays, exhibits and performances, tens of thousands of Chileans marked the 40th anniversary of the coup that ended the presidency of Salvador Allende and ushered in the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The day, Sept. 11, 1973, is commemorated every year, in Chile, as the original 9/11, a day of national infamy.

In 2013, the coup was remembered with renewed calls to bring to justice those responsible for Pinochet’s seventeen-year reign. According to government figures, Pinochet imprisoned, tortured, exiled, abducted, or killed nearly 40,000 people.

To this day, the challenge for hundreds of Chileans lies in finding the remains of more than 1,000 people, who were forcibly disappeared during the dictatorship.

Above, a man brings flowers to the Allende’s grave, one autumn morning, just days before the anniversary.

Federico Barahona

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