But soon Pinochet soon began to question Allande’s authority. With the devastated Chilean economy and masses of people protesting, Pinochet ordered the military to take over the government. On September 11, 1973, within 18 days of being Commander-in-Chief, Pinochet ordered troops to take the capital Santiago and ordered an airstrike on the presidential palace which killed Allande. His actions were supported by the U.S. government at that time. Pinochet’s military coup seized complete power and Pinochet was its head. “Pinochet banned all political parties, dissolved Congress and scrapped the Constitution.” (NY Times) Socialist books were burned and the press was censored. Pinochet appointed military officers to positions of power like...
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