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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 11:08 PM

6. On the death of Allende...

I had always assumed it was common knowledge that Allende was killed in a CIA-backed coup. But I moved to the US in 1980, and one of the first magazines I read here was a Reader's Digest (yeah, I know...) which had an article in it describing how Allende had killed himself with a machine gun he had gotten from Castro. It was so blatantly at odds with what I thought I knew, I was utterly astonished. So much so that I still remember it.

I've since realised that this is still mostly the accepted version of his death here, and while I don't claim to know, it seems very unlikely to me to kill yourself with a machine gun. It definitely reeked of propaganda, especially with that gratuitous mention of Castro thrown in. Still, I don't know. Is there a definitive account?

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