Head Office Circular No. NP/252/13
To the Secretary all Branches,
Council of Executive members,
Regional Councils and Regional Offices.
Tuesday 24th September 2013
Chile 40 Years On
As you may be aware, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup d’etat that ousted the constitutional president of Chile, Salvador Allende, from office and gave rise to the vicious dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet 11th September 1973. The Chile 40 Years On network has been set up to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Chilean human and social tragedy brought about by Pinochet’s dictatorship.
Thousands of people were tortured and killed, others ‘disappeared’ at the hands of the authorities, the secret police and more were illegally detained. Men, women and children were rounded up by the military and taken from their homes. Most were never seen alive by their families again. 1 million people were forced into exile.
I am writing to advise that the Union nationally has donated to the Chile 40 Years On campaign and to encourage branches to do likewise as a legitimate item of expenditure from Branch Political funds.