Salvador Allende

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I have faith in Chile and its destiny.

Salvador Isabelino Allende Gossens (26 June 190811 September 1973) was a Chilean politician and member of the Socialist Party, and President of Chile from November 1970 up until his death during the 1973 coup.


  • Now the question is, "Who is going to use whom?" Even accepting the form of the question, the answer is the proletariat. If it wasn't so I wouldn't be here. I am working for Socialism and through Socialism.
    • Conversations With Allende (1970) by Regis Debray
  • As for the bourgeois state, at the present moment, we are seeking to overcome it, to overthrow it.… Our objective is total, scientific, Marxist socialism.
    • Conversations With Allende (1970) by Regis Debray
  • We already had success in creating a democratic, national government that is revolutionary and popular. That is how socialism begins, not with decrees
    • Conversations With Allende (1970) by Regis Debray
  • We start from different ideological positions. For you to be a Communist or a Socialist is to be totalitarian; for me no.… On the contrary, I think Socialism frees man.
    • Quoted in Joseph Novitski, "Allende Sees Chile Finding Her Own Way to Socialism", New York Times (4 October 1970)
  • I have been to Cuba many times. I have spoken many times with Fidel Castro and got to know Commander Ernesto Guevara well enough. I know Cuba's leaders and their struggle. It has been difficult to overcome the blockade. But the reality in Cuba is very different from that in Chile. Cuba came from a dictatorship, and I arrived at the presidency after being senator for 25 years.
    • Interview with Saul Landau (1971)
  • I have experience and I am employing it in the service of a Chilean road for Chile's problems. We always take advantage of experience wherever it comes from, but adapting it to our reality. I am putting it to use in a Chilean way, for the problems of Chile. We are not anyone's mental colonists.
    • Interview with Saul Landau (1971)
  • I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will overcome this gray and bitter moment when treason seeks to prevail. Keep in mind that, sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again and free men will walk through them to construct a better society. Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!
    • Final radio broadcast (11 September 1973)


  • I am not the president of all the Chileans. I am not a hypocrite that says so.
    • Quoted by Chilean newspapers as a remark at a public rally (17 January 1971). Allende sent a public letter to El Mercurio newspaper to deny the quotation

About Salvador Allende[edit]

  • Allende is seeking the totality of power, which means Communist tyranny disguised as the dictatorship of the proletariat.
    • National Assembly of the Chilean Christian Democratic party (15 May 1973)
  • I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people.
    • Henry Kissinger (27 June 1970) in a meeting of the US "40 Committee" overseeing covert actions
  • Of all of the leaders in the region, we considered Allende the most inimical to our interests. He was vocally pro-Castro and opposed to the United States. His internal policies were a threat to Chilean democratic liberties and human rights.
  • The Popular Unity government represented the first attempt anywhere to build a genuinely democratic transition to socialism — a socialism that, owing to its origins, might be guided not by authoritarian bureaucracy, but by democratic self-rule.
    • Editorial by the North American Congress on Latin America (July 2003)
  • The armed forces have acted today solely from the patriotic inspiration of saving the country from the tremendous chaos into which it was being plunged by the Marxist government of Salvador Allende.… The Junta will maintain judicial power and consultantship of the Public Accounts Control. The Chambers will remain in recess until further orders. That is all.

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