September 30th, 1973

Dear Diary,

It has been a while since I first wrote an entry. Almost three years actually and wow have these last three years been eventful. On a personal note, I have left my home just outside of Puerto Montt and moved to the capital city of Santiago. I moved here at first after the excitement of communist Salvador Allende’s inauguration. I truly believed him to be the man to lead in our country into the future. However, just months later, I realized this to be the farthest from the truth.

A little over two weeks ago, Allende was ousted from office. It was about time. He had run our beautiful country into the ground and had starved our people. Communism never had any place in our country and finally the heroic military junta that is in charge today did something about it. They initially had to instill curfews within the first few days of taking control of Chile. This was a necessary measure as the military junta understood that sometimes unpopular choices have to be made for the good of the people. The men of the military junta are strong men, unlike Allende was, and I look forward to the other tough choices they have to make for our country. Chile, at this time more than ever, needs strong and powerful leaders. I thought the picture taken just a week after the coup, on our independence day, showed the kind of strength that the military junta will bring to our country.



Here, each man stood firm and strong and showed our nation that they are not afraid of the task ahead. I, myself, would like to contribute to the radical change that our country is going through. Within the weeks following the coup, the military junta tasked the army with rounding up all Allende supporters and possible dissidents. Additionally, they destroyed all books that favored the views of Allende and communists around the world. I believe that it is my job to support this new and great regime to my fullest extent. Whether that be by joining the army and helping to rid the country of all possible dissidents or by spreading awareness of our ideas through the media. I am not sure yet what I will do but I am definitely excited about our country’s future. I look forward to my next diary post, when I’ll have a better idea of how I want to aide my beautiful nation.

1 thought on “September 30th, 1973

  1. ssvolk says:

    Hola, Pablo. I see you’re un hombre who can understand what is going on in our country! My only regret is that the generals waited so long before they acted. Probably due to that damn Prats – once we got rid of him, the military could get down to business. So tell me what you’re doing in Santiago? Do you have a job? Have you decided to join the military? That might be a long haul at your age, but it could be worth it. Let me know how you’re thinking about our future.

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