Pepsi vs Allende
A fascinating read from Greg Palast about the U.S. plot to prevent Allende’s inauguration, as instigated by PepsiCo. I gives good insight into why there is so much mixed anti-U.S. and anti-capitalist sentiment from a large portion of the population here:
Indeed, the October 1970 plot against Chile’s President-elect Salvador Allende, using CIA ‘sub-machine guns and ammo’, was the direct result of a plea for action a month earlier by Donald Kendall, chairman of PepsiCo, in two telephone calls to the company’s former lawyer, President Richard Nixon.
Kendall arranged for the owner of the company’s Chilean bottling operation to meet National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger on September 15. Hours later, Nixon called in his CIA chief, Richard Helms, and, according to Helms’s handwritten notes, ordered the CIA to prevent Allende’s inauguration.
You can hear more from U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Edward M. Korry, in Patricio Guzmán’s excellent documentary Salvador Allende, 2004 where he openly details just how much the U.S. government despised Allende.
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