Salvador Allende Gossens was the first President of a large socialist and left-wing movement in the world, the Popular Unity, to be elected in free elections, on September 4, 1970, in Chile.
As a deeply democratic man, he understood politics as a collective and encouraging action. “We will build the path toward socialism through pluralism, democracy and freedom”. Throughout his life, he focused on debating and solving the demands of workers, students, teachers, settlers, farmers and middle class people, collaborating with their organizations, and on delving into the participatory values of democracy. He was also very open to dialog and to strengthen the link with leaders of other countries, especially in Latin America.
During his administration, he delved into the agrarian reform, carried out the nationalization of primary resources, redistributed income, controlled the monopolies, and fought against malnutrition in children, among many other deeds.
On September 11, 1973 a violent military coup claimed the life of Salvador Allende and ended with Chile’s democracy, sinking the country into 17 long years of dictatorship. Allende, along with several collaborators, resisted the army attacks for hours fighting from the La Moneda, the presidential palace. While he was being attacked, he managed to address his country on several opportunities through the radio.
Allende has become a symbol of democratic consequence that has inspired thousands of people around the world to work for a more equitable and freer society, sharing his unconquerable desire to build a better world.