Solidarity Campaigns with Chile were set up all over the Netherlands in response to the brutal overthrow of the democratic Chilean government by a military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet.
Salvador Allende's socialist ‘Unidad Popular’ government was installed in 1970 and destroyed on 11 September 1973. Tens of thousands were imprisoned, tortured or killed and hundreds of thousands fled or were expelled into exile. In the Netherlands there was a solidarity organization even before September 11, the ‘Chili Komitee’. It now became a large and important organization. Local initiatives flourished and solidarity was expressed in many different ways. Some examples are shown below in a selection of more than 500 posters on Chile in the collections of the International Institute of Social History.
Click image to enlarge. From Left to Right:
- Boycott (call BG E 30/29) - Radio Freedom (BG D64/463) - Art Exhibition (BG D86/38)
- Theatre (BG D22/505) - Hunger Strike (BG D48/832) - Adopt a Chilean Family (BG D48/780)
- Sing with Chile (BG D48/846) - Poetry (BG D48/812) - Work for Chile (BG D48/849)
- CInema (BG E26/164) - Meet Hortensia Allende (BG D69/636) - Women in Chile (BG D10/124)
- ‘Sources for Latin American Research at the International Institute of Social History: Posters of the Dutch Solidarity Movement with Chile (1972-1990)’ by Jan de Kievid in:European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies no 95 (2013)
- Chile September 11 1973, a website presentation by Huub Sanders