Excerpts from the last words of Salvador Allende, September 11, 1973 at La Moneda
Surely, Radio Magallanes will be silenced and the quiet metal of my voice will no longer reach you. It does not matter. You will continue to hear me. I will always be with you. You should remember me as a man of dignity who was loyal to the nation.
Workers of my country: I want to thank you for your unwavering loyalty, for the trust that you deposited in a man who was only an interpreter of great yearnings for justice, who gave his word that he would respect the Constitution and the law, and did just that. At this definitive moment, the last moment when I can address you…I speak, above all, to the modest woman of our land, the campesina who believed in us, to the woman laborer who worked more, to the mother who knew of our concern for children. I speak to the professionals of Chile, patriotic professionals who continued working against sedition promoted by the professional guilds, classist associations that defended the advantages for the few of a capitalist society.
I speak to the youth, those who sang and gave us their joy and their spirit of struggle. I speak to the man of Chile, the worker, the farmer, the intellectual, those who will be persecuted…
A social process will not disappear because a man disappears. It may be delayed, it may take longer, but in the end it cannot be stopped. I want to tell you that you should have faith; history cannot be halted with repression or crime. This is a stage that will be overcome; this is a hard and difficult moment. It’s possible that we will be vanquished but tomorrow will belong to the people, to the workers. Humanity advances to conquer a better life.
Other men will overcome this dark and bitter moment when treason seeks to prevail. You must continue to believe that, much sooner rather than later, the grand avenues will again be opened, through which free men will pass to build a better society.
Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!