The democratically elected leader of Chile, Salvador Allende, was murdered in a CIA backed coup by the military general, Augusto Pinochet. The violence that followed killed about 60,000 Chilean people, while the United States sent arms and armour to the regime. Previously, Nixon ordered an embargo of Chile as a result of Allende’s election.
During Allende’s tenure, the middle class soared, democratic rights were being extended to the workplace, poverty and hunger greatly decreased, access to medical care greatly increased. The natural resources were nationalized so that all Chilean people can benefit from them.
The following regime saw a poverty rate of 45%, the near destruction of the Chilean middle class, a 19% decline in productivity, steep decline in average earnings. Pinochet was hated by the Chilean people.