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1. Allende's radio address & Operation Silence

In the turbulent times leading up to the Chilean coup, President Salvador Allende, perceptive and astute, was keenly aware of the significance of the media in rallying national sentiment. At the very outset of his presidency, he ensured that connections to friendly radio channels were set up within his office La Moneda.

The military, cognizant of Allende's intent to use these and other channels to galvanize support, embarked on a well-strategized mission, 'Operation Silence', which aimed to effectively cut off Allende's means of communication, thus stifling any pro-government broadcasts.

Far-right supporters from Patria y Libertad (Fatherland and Liberty) joined forces with the military, intimidating journalists, and obstructing access to radio stations, in a bid to monopolize the narrative. Allende's associates found themselves isolated, their phone lines disconnected, reinforcing the stringent protocols of Operation Silence.


Simultaneously, the military, equipped with expertise in telecommunications, established a secure parallel communication infrastructure, which was instrumental in streamlining the coordination of the coup from various locations.

Listen to Allende's last radio address

Yet, in the face of these overwhelming odds, Allende's resilience shone through. He remained connected with a handful of loyal radio stations, managing to relay sporadic yet powerful addresses to the nation. These moments, filled with hope and desperation, were however short-lived, as Air Force jets being dispatched to disable the broadcasting stations.

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