Charis McGowan: Will Chile Succeed In Burying Pinochet’s Constitution?
Monday 4 December, 20:00 - 22:00
Will Chile Succeed In Burying Pinochet’s Constitution? The events of September 11, 1973, when General Augusto Pinochet led a military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende, dramatically altered the course of Chile’s history. Chileans endured unspeakable suffering under his regime, which was characterized by human rights violations, censorship, and the brutal suppression of dissent. These years left extensive economic repercussions and emotional scars on the Chilean psyche that continue to affect Chilean society today.
We will explore the complex forces that brought Pinochet to power and the profound implications of his rule through this lecture. In addition to honoring those who stood up against tyranny, we have the opportunity to critically examine the legacy and relevance of this authoritarian period, not only for Chile but for the world as a whole.
Let this occasion serve as a stark reminder of our collective global journey to safeguard justice, democracy, and human rights as we reflect on the past 50 years.
Charis McGowan is a freelance journalist based in Santigao, Chile. She writes with a focus on human rights and her work has been featured in the Guardian, BBC, the Independent, VICE News, and more. She received her BA in English Literature and Spanish from the University of Strathclyde. Furthermore, she completed two master diplomas, one from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Globalisation, Media and Journalism and one from the University of Amsterdam in Communication, Journalism and Related Programs.