Chilean military coup of 1973

Published 9:14 AM ET, Wed September 11, 2013
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This picture taken circa 1971 in Santiago, shows Chilean President Salvador Allende testing a Kalashnikov machine gun given to him as a gift by the then-Cuban President Fidel Castro. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Armed guards watch out for attackers as Allende leaves the Moneda Presidential Palace during the military coup in which he was overthrown and killed in the palace on September 11, 1973. This is said to be the last photo of the president. Luis Orlando Lagos Vázquez/Keystone/Getty Images
Chileans watch a military tank make its way to the Presidential Palace in Santiago, on June 30, 1973. This revolt against President Allende was crushed, before Allende died in the military coup on September 11, 1973. AFP/Getty Images
General Augusto Pinochet, standing in a white jacket, a career army officer, led the military coup and established himself as the head of the ensuing government. He waves from the motorcade on September 11, 1973 in Santiago, accompanied by the Chilean defense minister, Vice-admiral Patricio Carvajal. A year later, in 1974, Pinochet signed a decree naming himself Chilean president. AFP/Getty Images
Chilean soldiers burn Marxist books in Santiago on September 26, 1973. AFP/Getty Images
Chilean soldiers patrol the streets in Santiago on October 4, 1973. AFP/Getty Images
The Puchuncavi concentration camp near Valparaiso, Chile on October 15, 1975. The government of Allende built Melinka as a popular beach resort, owned by the central labor confederation. Following the coup, it was taken over and lasted from July 1974 to 1975 as a concentration camp. AFP/Getty Images
A man is arrested and carried by Chilean riot policemen as hundreds of students protest on September 11, 1993 in Santiago, Chile, during a march organized by leftists parties on the 20th anniversary of the military coup. Police stopped the marchers from reaching the La Moneda Presidential Palace. CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images
Pinochet is greeted by a supporter on August 23, 1995 after leaving his house in Santiago to celebrate his 22nd anniversary as commander with military ceremonies. CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images
Pinochet celebrates his 80th birthday on November 26, 1995 in Santiago. Hundreds of Chileans disappeared during the 17 years that Pinochet ruled Chile. POOL/AFP/Getty Images
Pinochet listens to a military band playing before his residence in Santiago on September 11, 1997 to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the coup. CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of Chileans poured into the streets of Santiago on October 6, 1988 to celebrate the defeat of Pinochet in a "Yes" or "No'" vote that would have extended the dictator's 15-year rule. MARCO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
The top of this photo shows the Chilean Army troops firing on the La Moneda Palace in Santiago on September 11, 1973. Below is the same place almost 30 years later. Victor Rojas/AFP/Getty Images
A man lights a candle at the gates of the National Stadium on September 11, 2002 in Santiago bearing pictures of those who disappeared under the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Pinochet. VICTOR ROJAS/AFP/Getty Images
A thousand people lay down on the sidewalk along Alameda main avenue during a commemorative action in Santiago, on September 10, 2013. The protest represents the people missing during the dictatorship. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images