When Barack Obama visited Chile in 2011, he was asked by reporters whether he intended to apologize for the U.S. role in the 1973 coup that ousted and killed the democratically elected President Salvador Allende. He avoided the question, and did not apologize.
The Green Shadow Cabinet wishes to offer the following apology, on behalf of the United States of America, for our federal government’s role in the tragic death of Chile’s President, and the reckless behavior of the Central Intelligence Agency in supporting the rise of a brutal dictatorship:
A PANAMERICAN APOLOGY TO THE PEOPLE OF CHILE
The United States of America apologizes to the people of Chile for the criminal role played by U.S. government agencies in the coup d’etat of 1973. To those who lost their lives, liberty and to all those who lost their democratic rights that day, we are sorry.
We apologize to the families of those murdered and disappeared. We apologize to those tortured, gagged and intimidated as the United States continued to back the Pinochet regime.
With humility and sorrow, we pledge that the events of September 11, 1973 shall not be forgotten by the peoples of the United States, as they are not forgotten in Chile.
We apologize for these events in the past and pledge to respect Chilean sovereignty and democracy in the future.