CHILE: The Generals Consolidate Their Coup

Scarcely a week after they overturned the Marxist government of Salvador Allende Gossens and seized power, the generals of Chile were acting rather like the colonels of Greece, or even like the cardboard military figures of a Costa-Gavras movie. They went methodically about eliminating traces of Allende's proposed evolution to socialism in matters both great and small. Snipers and suspected leftists were rounded up, and Marxist literature in bookstores was banned. Soldiers, suspecting long-haired civilians of leftist views, arbitrarily gave some of them haircuts. Barbershops were jammed as shaggy-tressed youths rushed to be sheared and shed of physical evidence...

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