Memory and Justice Picket 11th September. Join us and Bear Witness

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An open, inclusive and participative commemorative event

 

We call on all women, men, mothers, fathers, children, students, trade unions leaders, rank and file, internationalists, concerned citizens, community organisers and human rights defenders, all those that have devoted their lives to the struggle for freedom and equality and resist being part of the imposed-amnesia, we invite you to raise your voices as a single collective-memory in the name of those that are absent and for those that are yet to come.

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On September 11th you will be reading out the names and laying a flower in memory of every ‘disappeared’ victim (over 3,000) and each politically executed victim (1,197) of the Chilean dictatorship. 

Join us and bear witness

Date: 11th of September 2013

Time: 9am – 5pm

Where: Outside the Chilean Embassy, 37-41 Old Queen St, London, SW1H 9JA

See map here >> https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

For further information, please, contact: Myriam Bell 07903 498 240 / [email protected]

 

To sponsor a flower, please, click here or go directly to wefund.com and search for our name “Chile 40 Years on” or project “Let’s commemorate the First 9/11” or look under Community projects.

 

 

Chile: 40 Years of Obstinate Memory

40 years ago the dreams and aspirations of a people were brutally crashed. On that clear Tuesday morning of the 11th of September 1973, the Armed Forces of Chile, led by General Pinochet and at the instigation of powerful national and international economic and political interests, toppled Salvador Allende’s Unidad Popular government in a bloody coup.

Thus, they commenced their brutal and merciless social re-engineering project; everything and everyone would be subservient to the whims and desires of a free-market economy. Thousands were detained, murder or made to disappear, tens of thousands were tortured and hundreds of thousands sent into exile.

As they subdued the Chilean people and purged all democratic elements from Chilean society and the Armed Forces, they proclaimed that within a generation no one would remember Allende nor those that sustained the dream of a society built on human solidarity and fraternity.

But Memory is obstinate and refuses to be silent; it refuses to be subjugated to the “collective-amnesia” being imposed on each one of us by our new political and economic masters, a collective-amnesia that aims to condemn our dreams and aspirations to historical oblivion. 

Here and there, through songs, acts of international solidarity, literature, collective actions in search of truth and justice and by the simple act of commemorating the struggle of our own people, which is part of the struggle of all the oppressed people in the world, memory has found a way to keep the dream alive.  

Power cultivates amnesia, perhaps this is why we persist, so obstinately, with this struggle, because it reflects our inconformity with a society that ignores and crushes the dreams of the individual, and because we refuse to forget, and through the layers of imposed institutionalised-amnesia, memory emerges as our barricade, as our collective song of defiance and solidarity.

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