1. Allende only won with 30% of the votes, a clear minority and his coalition NEVER got over 40% of aproval...... not very democratic.
2. The marxist far left, was armed and with the support of the KGB and Cuba was ready to imposed his socialist nightmare to the other 60%, this is well documented.
3. Allende was a criminal, he broke the constitution and the laws of the republic by defying the courts of justice and the chilean parlament (chosen by the people too), stepping over the rights and property of millions, again this is well documented.
4. Allende was little more than a puppet used by other leaders in the UP like Altamirano and Chonchol who made the deal with Cuba to arm themselves and his supporters to copy the cuban revolution.
5. Allende killed himself, he was not murdered.
6. Pinochet was an economic liberal, a very strong one, he believed in defending the rights of the individual over the totalitarian states, he believed in the right to own private property and in free competitive markets, if you know ANYTHING about fascism or german corporativism you would know ITS 180º degrees opposite to what Pinochet did.
7. Pinochet was not perfect, far from it, he stayed too long and got drunk with power but what he, and millions of chilean patriots, did was necessary to defeat marxism and to preserve the republic.
When neocontards attempt to defend Pinochet, you know they're clutching at straws. What next? Hitler was an under-achiever?
I have opinions of my own, but I don't always agree with them - George Bush
1: He won by getting more votes then anyone else, if that is undemocratic then democracy is undemocratic. The Unidad Popular getting 40% approval in a 3 party system makes them far from a small minority.
2: Well documented where? Allende wanted to (obviously) make Chile more socialist, but there are no evidence that he (unlike Pinochet) ware willing to use violence to reach his ideals.
3: While this on the other-hand is documented, a lot of these accusations came from propaganda by the Patria y Libertad (basically a violent group of rich teenagers pissed-off for having to pay tax) who, if not completely fascist, was pretty damn close. Anyways, the crimes Allende was accused of are just peanuts compared to the atrocities of Pinochet. Actually the Patria y Libertad them-self is a good example, had a similar but far-left group, existed under Pinochet they would have in no way the same freedoms the PyL had under Allende because, frankly, they would be killed.
4: Got any documentation of that? Nothing Allende ever did mimicked the Cuban revolution.
5: Most likely true.
6: Correction: He believed in the rights of the individuals who agreed with him, and only those. Also far from all fascists are supporters of Corporatism.
7: Preserve the republic? Pinochet never had a Republic! From he came in power in 1973 to he gave it up in 1990 his government was nothing but a military dictatorship and police state.