pinochet AI source

pinochet AI source - Ethan Martinez 1/4/20 A2 Pinochets...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ethan Martinez 1/4/20 A2 Pinochet’s rise to and consolidation of power AI Sources Constable, Pamela and Valenzuela, Arturo. A Nation of Enemies: Chile under Pinochet . W. W. Norton, 1991. Pages 15-17 As Chile's president came to terms with his defeat, a man ensconced in an army communications complex was tasting his first moments of power. In late August, Allende had named General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, a deferential career officer, army commander in hopes of averting a confrontation with the military. Reluctantly, the general had joined the coup at the last minute. But now he turned against the elected government with deadly fury. From his telephone command post in Pefialolen, a Santiago suburb in the Andean foothills, Pinochet barked out orders to hunt down dozens of officials and ranted against the leftist civilian leaders he had obeyed for three years, revealing a vengeful anticommunist streak that had been hidden to virtually all who knew him. "That whole pile of pigs there . . . all that filth that was going to ruin the country," he roared to an aide. "They must be seized and up, into the plane, without clothes, with whatever they have, out!" As for Allende, Pinochet repeatedly demanded his "unconditional surrender," in military language salted with vulgar remarks about the president. According to one account, he even suggested putting Allende on a plane into exile and letting it crash. Finally, impatient with the president's refusal to abandon La Moneda, Pinochet issued an ultimatum. Within minutes, the Hawker Hunters were airborne. As flames spread through the palace, tanks and infantry troops advanced toward the building, exchanging gunfire with bodyguards in the
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
windows and snipers on surrounding rooftops. Within ninety minutes, the resistance had petered out. Choking in the smoke and tear gas, two dozen figures emerged from a side door, poking a white cloth on a broomstick ahead of them. Allende was notamong them. Nervous soldiers shoved the men down onto the sidewalk and stormed into the flaming palace behind General Javier Palacios. A handful of Allende's guards still fought back, and a bullet grazed Palacios in the hand, sending his men into fits of fury. Lieutenant Armando Fernández Larios stanched the wound with his handkerchief, and later treasured the bloody cloth as a memento of his proudest hour as a soldier. Bursting into one ornate, ceremonial hall, the troops encountered Patricio Guijón, one of Allende's doctors, keeping vigil over a gray-haired figure slumped forward on a red velvet couch. The president's head had been demolished by machine-gun fire, and his hands were covered with gunpowder. Leaning against him was a Soviet-made automatic rifle inscribed with a gift plaque: "To Salvador from your companion in arms. Fidel Castro." The military men contemplated the scene somberly. Moments later, the radio in Pinochet's command post crackled with a curt, triumphant message from Palacios: "Mission accomplished. Moneda taken. President
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 7

pinochet AI source - Ethan Martinez 1/4/20 A2 Pinochets...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online