Yesterday was the anniversary of the murder of Chilean Folk Singer Victor Jara by General Pinochet’s soldiers in 1973 in the coup supported by the USA. 

In the 1960s he wrote songs of protest against the ruling elite of his country.

He was also a poet and playwright and a teacher.

He was one of the founding fathers of Chile’s ‘New Song’ movement which in 1970 helped elect the democratic popular unity government of Salvador Allende. As a result Chile’s right wing hated him.

on 11th September 1973 Jara had been due to sing at Santiago University.

Instead, with the coup of General Augusto Pinochet underway, he was arrested and led to Santiago’s boxing stadium.

Over four days he was tortured, beaten, electrocuted, his hands and wrists broken, before finally being machine-gunned to death, at the age of 38.

His widow, Joan, says his body was thrown to the street, and was later found in the morgue “among lots and lots of anonymous bodies” that she saw that day.

 
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