The OTHER September 11th. It's not what you think...

by Carmen Cruz

When most people think of September 11th, they think of New York, terrorists and the twin towers. A massive tragedy.

The sad thing is, there's a heart-breaking tragedy that happened on September 11th, back in the 70's. Not a lot of people talk about it, but they should.

Tuesday, September 11th, 1973, a coup d'etat organized by the Chilean military and funded by the US government took place. Democratic President Salvador Allende was assassinated. The military took over the government and that's when the dictatorship began. Left wing supporters were hunted down and beaten, arrested, tortured or even killed. Can you imagine? Being tortured or killed for your political beliefs?

My father was one of those left wing supporters who was arrested and tortured. Luckily, after a year in prison, he was released and came to Canada as a political refugee. My dad was one of the lucky ones. Hundreds of thousands of other people weren't so lucky. They're called 'the disappeared'. Under cover right wing supporters or military came knocking on their doors, asking to speak to them, and then they were never seen again. To this day, no one knows what happened to 'the disappeared.' Some theories are whirling around that these people were killed, their stomachs were slit open and they were thrown into the ocean. There are other theories - some still more gruesome - that I won't get into.

So while the majority of the world mourned for New York yesterday, my heart went out to Chile and all the people who love the country.

Viva Chile <3



P.S: If you want more info, just type 'Chilean Coup' into google. All the info is there for ya.

Here are some pics of this beautiful country. Enjoy.