Salvador Allende’s widow dies

This video says about itself:

Salvador Allende – 1:39:55

From his childhood in Valparaiso to his death during the Pinochet military coup on September 11, 1973, the life and works of Chilean president Salvador Allende.

Hortensia Bussi

From British daily The Independent:

Hortensia Bussi De Allende: Widow of Salvador Allende who helped lead opposition to Chile’s military dictatorship

By Phil Davison

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Hortensia Bussi de Allende will inevitably, and she always said “proudly,” be remembered as the widow of Salvador Allende, the democratically elected Marxist president of Chile who died in a coup d’état launched by General Augusto Pinochet in 1973.

But to those Chileans who fought for democracy during the dark years of dictatorship, she was respected, even revered in her own right.

After her husband’s death during Pinochet’s air and ground attack on the presidential palace in Santiago, Bussi fled Pinochet’s death squads and went on, in exile based in Mexico, to become a campaigner for democracy and human rights in her homeland and the other military-oppressed Latin American nations of the time. Known nationally by her nickname Tencha, she became a figurehead among her leftist or moderate compatriots who eventually prevailed over Pinochet in a 1988 referendum, allowing her to return home after 15 years.

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