Surely this will be the last opportunity I have to address you
In a few days, it will be 50 years since Salvador Allende delivered his final broadcast to the nation, minutes before he died in his office. It may have been suicide. He also may have been shot.
By the time he spoke, it was clear that a CIA backed coup to oust a duly elected socialist government in favour of General Pinochet, who who would persecute tens of thousands and ‘disappear’ at least 3100 dissidents, would be successful.
The speech is so poignant, there are lines that are just heart-breaking. The paragraph that gets me is:
Surely Radio Magallanes will be silenced, and the calm metal instrument of my voice will no longer reach you. It does not matter. You will continue hearing it. I will always be next to you. At least my memory will be that of a man of dignity who was loyal to the workers.
The other line that gets me is, ‘the great avenues will open again’.