September 11th this year was the 40th anniversary of the coup in Chile which brought to power the murderous regime of General Pinochet.
The coup was planned and executed in the headquarters of the CIA and the White House, in collusion with the ruling elite in Chile and its armed forces.
In its aftermath, thousands of trade unionists and socialists were slaughtered and thousands more imprisoned, tortured and exiled.
The consequences of what followed still shape the lives of the mass of Chilean people and to an extent, the international working class and all those exploited by capitalism.
Under the iron heel of Chile’s military dictatorship, a laboratory economic experiment was conducted.
The neoliberal policies of privatisation, open markets, deregulation and private pension schemes were all first tested out in Chile following the coup.
They were then applied by Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and other capitalist leaders internationally.