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UK Welcomed Pinochet's Bloody 1973 Chilean Coup

Britain welcomed General Augusto Pinochet’s violent 1973 coup in Chile and regarded his military officers as “decent professionals” who were “on our side,” documents released Thursday showed. While accepting that the coup leaders would crack down hard on their leftist opponents, London’s ambassador to Chile said Pinochet was better for Britain than the deposed Socialist government of President Salvador Allende. “The current regime has infinitely more to offer British interests than the one which preceded it,” ambassador Reginald Seconde wrote in a report on the coup three weeks after Pinochet seized power on September 11, 1973. Full Story

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