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European Solidarity with Chile – 1970s – 1980s


Edited By Kim Christiaens, Idesbald Goddeeris and Magaly Rodríguez García

The overthrow of the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende and the coming to power of a military regime led by Augusto Pinochet on 11 September 1973 drew worldwide attention towards Chile. The political repression shook the world and ignited one of the largest social movements of the 1970s and 80s. Hundreds of solidarity committees and a gamut of human rights and justice organizations mobilized thousands of people. This volume offers a compelling insight into the exceptional impact that the Chilean crisis made in Western and Eastern Europe. In doing so, it provides a new and broader perspective into the history of the Cold War, transnational activism, and human rights.
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ILL. 1. Caricature denouncing Western capital as the main link between the coming to power of Pinochet in Chile and the situation in Portugal (IISH, Amsterdam)

ILL. 2. The folk music group Quilapayun contributed to a transnational protest culture against Pinochet. Poster for a concert organized by activists and students in Hamburg in 1978. (IISH, Amsterdam)

ILL. 3. Poster for an international conference staged in Frankfurt in 1974 by the Sozialistisches Büro, a West German New Left organization that supported armed struggle against Pinochet (Amsab-ISG, Ghent)

ILL. 4. ‘Together with the Chilean people, against fascism!’ Poster of the International Conference of Solidarity with Chile organized in Athens in 1975. Staged with the support of Chile Democrático and attended by delegations of solidarity committees from all over the world, the conference demanded the implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution on freedom for political prisoners and the restoration of human and democratic rights in Chile (Amsab-ISG, Ghent)

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