Of all of the leaders in the region, we considered Allende the most inimical to our interests. He was vocally pro-Castro and opposed to the United States. His internal policies were a threat to Chilean democratic liberties and human rights.
Years of Renewal (1999) by Henry Kissinger
As for the bourgeois state, at the present moment, we are seeking to overcome it, to overthrow it.… Our objective is total, scientific, Marxist socialism.Salvador AllendeConversations With Allende (1970) by Regis Debray
We already had success in creating a democratic, national government that is revolutionary and popular. That is how socialism begins, not with decreesSalvador AllendeConversations With Allende (1970) by Regis Debray
We start from different ideological positions. For you to be a Communist or a Socialist is to be totalitarian; for me no.… On the contrary, I think Socialism frees man.Salvador AllendeQuoted in Joseph Novitski, "Allende Sees Chile Finding Her Own Way to Socialism", New York Times (4 October 1970)
Allende is seeking the totality of power, which means Communist tyranny disguised as the dictatorship of the proletariat.Salvador AllendeNational Assembly of the Chilean Christian Democratic party (15 May 1973)
I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people.Salvador AllendeHenry Kissinger (27 June 1970) in a meeting of the US "40 Committee" overseeing covert actions
The Popular Unity government represented the first attempt anywhere to build a genuinely democratic transition to socialism a socialism that, owing to its origins, might be guided not by authoritarian bureaucracy, but by democratic self-rule.Salvador AllendeEditorial by the North American Congress on Latin America (July 2003)
The armed forces have acted today solely from the patriotic inspiration of saving the country from the tremendous chaos into which it was being plunged by the Marxist government of Salvador Allende.… The Junta will maintain judicial power and consultantship of the Public Accounts Control. The Chambers will remain in recess until further orders. That is all.Salvador AllendeAugusto Pinochet at a press conference after Salvador Allende's death.
I am not the president of all the Chileans. I am not a hypocrite that says so.Salvador AllendeQuoted by Chilean newspapers as a remark at a public rally (17 January 1971). Allende sent a public letter to El Mercurio newspaper to deny the quotation
Create and save customized word lists. Sign up today and start improving your vocabulary!