by Josh Lehoux
Augusto led a military coup in 1973 that got rid of the democratic government in chile . He remained in power until 1990. He was a ruthless and cruel leader that no one liked. Pinochet served as 2nd in command in the military before leading the attack on president Allende. During that coup he bombed the capital. He became president in June of 1974 and shortly after that he got rid of Congress and all political parties, placed military men in charge of all universities, esimated any press freedoms, established a curfew and declared a martial law.
- In this video it has first hand accounts of those people who experienced what Pinochet did to everyone. There were people who were forced to work in prisons and saw murdering, torturing. Over the course of his time in power was accused of killing at least 119 dissidents and the "disappearances" of 3,000 more people in chile. This video has some reenactments and many interviews with survivors. It really shows you how terrible it actually was during that time.
3) Creative Piece
Things have got to change around here. I have never liked my job and I know for a fact, know one else will want it after seeing what I have to see and do. I am sick of seeing innocent people getting tortured or murdered for no real reason. I have seen 8 of my old friends come through and get tortured and killed. I am just done working in there and I don't want to do it anymore. I don't get how you thought the old government was bad so you decide to use the martial law and put the military in charge of everyone. If any says anything to the government the wrong way then they will get arrested and probably go to jail.
4) Essential Question
Could a dictatorship like Pinochet's take over chile like back in the day, would people go with it or fight against?