Raúl – Entry 6: 06 de octubre, 1988

It has been an incredible year. Our community group grew from a hundred or so students, laborers, professors, and businesspeople to a national movement with tens of thousands of members, all united under the banner of human rights. I couldn’t stay in Antofagasta forever; moving to Santiago once the government re-legalized political parties last year. We called ourselves the Partido Humanista, joining the Concertación de Partidos por el NO. We worked furiously; walking the streets by day, handing out leaflets and gathering signatures, and designing media at night. All of us were committed to the election because we had to ensure the regime lost its veneer of popular support. We vowed that it could not be allowed achieve further legitimation. Pinochet wanted a ‘real’ win at the ballot-box, eh? Not like the referendum, which we all knew was a farce…well, here’s what Chile has to say: a resounding “NO!”

The celebration was absolutely raucous. The boombox was blasting Nuevas canciónes, until someone put on a tune by the Dire Straits. It gave me chills.

“These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me,
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be;
Some day you’ll return to
Your valleys and your farms,
And you’ll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms.

Through these fields of destruction
Baptism of fire,
I’ve witnessed your suffering
As the battles raged higher;
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm,
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms.

There’s so many different worlds,
So many different suns;
And we have just one world,
But we live in different ones.

Now the sun’s gone to hell
And the moon’s riding high,
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die;
But it’s written in the starlight
And every line on your palm,
We’re fools to make war
On our brothers in arms.”


I will not forget the memory of those whose lives were lost fighting for this day, and for better days.

1 thought on “Raúl – Entry 6: 06 de octubre, 1988

  1. ssvolk says:

    Nice use of Dire Straits, thanks.

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