Today In Latin American History
On October 5, 1988, a Chilean national plebiscite was held to determine whether or not Augusto Pinochet would continue as the country’s leader for another eight-year term. The “No” side won with over 55% of the vote, and Pinochet eventually stepped down from office in March of 1990, putting an end to the military dictatorship that ruled the country since the violent 1973 coup d’état that deposed president Salvador Allende.
September 16: 38th anniversary of the murder of Victor Jara, the great revolutionary poet and musician, following the U.S. backed military coup in Chile on Sept. 11, 1973.
Communist Youth poster designed by Jose Balmes in 1974.