The Football Stadium ‘Stained with Blood’

September 11, 1973. Santiago, Chile.

President Salvador Allende, Chile’s first socialist president, is broadcasting live over the radio. He had been preparing a public announcement to ease the criticism he had been facing for the last few months. This was not that announcement. It was a goodbye. A coup d’état was underway.

Amidst sounds of gunfire and explosions, Allende broadcast:

‘Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers! These are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will…