Allende's Chile: An inside View

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Political Developments July 1972 to the Coup

I n July 1972 divisions among the parties of the Left erupted again. The MIR issued a call in Concepción for the formation of a People's Assembly-- as a form of dual power apart from the UP government. The call was supported by some local elements of the Socialist, Radical, and MAPU parties; the Communist Party spoke against it. Allende immediately wrote a letter to the heads of the UP, rejecting any attempt to set up parallel tactics, a parallel movement, or parallel power. "The enemies of the UP," said Allende, "are engaged in destroying the Government's image" so that they can attempt to overthrow it. "Nothing better serves this enemy tactic than divisionism.... In Concepción, for the second time in three months, an attack on the unity of the UP has occurred.... People's power cannot spring from the divisionist maneuver of those who wish to set up a political mirage, which they call, without any justification in reality, a People's Assembly."

An authentically revolutionary People's Assembly, said Allende, would represent the people, would assume all powers, would govern. "In other historical circumstances, such assemblies have arisen as a dual power against a reactionary govern

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