Remembering September 11 in the USA and Chile


Pinochet and Margaret Thatcher, cartoon

From the Google cache of Dear Kitty ModBlog:

9/8/05 at 9:08AM

Mood: Looking Playing: El pueblo unido, jamas sera vencido

New York City

On September 11, many people will remember the almost 3,000 victims in New York City in 2001.

An interview with Bob McIlvaine, father of one of those who died, is here.

In the same article, also Ms Valerie Lucznikowska, whose cousin died then, is interviewed.

Chile

“9/11” is also a day of commemoration for the thousands of Chileans, killed then, on 11 September 1973, by Pinochet‘s bloody coup d’état against democratically elected president Salvador Allende.

There would come many more Chilean dead in the years of Pinochet’s dictatorship, supported by US rulers.

From Google cache of 9/11/05.

To commemorate 11 September 1973 in Chile.

A poem by Bea Jones:

Pinochet’s Ghosts

(In memory of Victor Jara

“General Augusto Pinochet instigated a repressive military regime in Chile during which the revolutionary folk-singer, Victor Jara, was tortured and murdered in September 1973.

Since this poem was written, Pinochet has been extradited back to Chile from his exile in Britain, to be tried for war crimes.”

When you moan, old man,
in your nightmare
can you hear
the singing of the ghosts?
Listen to their voices
rise above the beat
of Franco’s triumvirate.
Los cuatro generales
los cuatro generales
los cuatro generales
mamita mia
qué se han al zado
qué se han al zado.’ 1

Thirty-seven years on,
over the massacred body
of our Mother Chile,
the generals again came marching.
Pinochet, you tried to silence our song
but those who survived still sing,

The four insurgent generals
the four insurgent generals
the four insurgent generals
mamita mia
they will betray us
they will betray us.

When you lie asleep, assassin,
are you haunted by the echoes
of never-ending refrain
EL PUEBLO UNIDO JAMÁS SERÁ VENCIDO
EL PUEBLO UNIDO JAMÁS SERÁ VENCIDO.’ 2

Do the screams from the Stadium
splinter in your ears?
Do you see the severed hands
of the singer,
still playing his songs
for the poor of the poblacion?
You turn and shiver,
hearing the final surge
of his dying breath,
‘Venceremos’ – We shall win.

Our troubled and tortured spirits
have come to taunt you
in your exile
as the strings are pulled,
ever tighter,
for you to face the music.

1 ‘Los Cuatro Generales’ – a Spanish Civil War song.

2 ‘El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido’ – ‘The People United Will Never Be Defeated’.

From Dear Kitty ModBlog Google cache:

Former German Nazi pedophile captured in Argentina

Fri Mar 11 2005

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) – A former German Nazi soldier turned Chilean sect leader was arrested on charges of pedophilia and committing torture during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Paul Schaefer, 83, was arrested in the community of Tortuguitas, a town 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Buenos Aires along with six people described as his security team, Argentine police said.

Schaefer was the charismatic leader of a German enclave in southern Chile called Colonia Dignidad. He has been hiding since a warrant for his arrest on multiple counts of pedophilia was issued in August 1996.

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