On Sunday September 11, Melbourne supporters of Chilean students fighting for free and public education will show their solidarity and commemorate 38 years since the military coup that ousted Salvador Allende. Since September 11 in 1973, Chileans have struggled against Pinochet’s military dictatorship and the neoliberal policies of privatisation and corporatisation pursued by subsequent governments.
Today, students in Chile are leading the battle against neoliberalism and providing an example worldwide for all of us wanting to take a stand against the destruction of public services and community values. The students of Chile are saying no to corporate profit and yes to public education.
We call on members of the Chilean, Latin American and Australian communities to support the students of Chile and in this way pay tribute also to the tens of thousands of people that were tortured, killed, disappeared and forced into exile in the 17 years of military dictatorship and the struggle for the democracy Chilean students are now modelling.