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Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism and Practice

Publication Date

Fall 2016

Abstract

Fifty two years ago, in March 1964, a military coup deposed João Goulart, the democratically elected President of Brazil. Two years later, in 1966, the democratically elected President of Argentina was also forced to step down by a military coup. A few years later, Uruguay’s President was the victim of the same scenario. And finally, on 9/11, 1973, Salvador Allende, the democratically elected President of Chile, was deposed by a military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. President Allende shot himself at the Palace of La Moneda, which had been bombarded by air and attacked by tanks. Four coups in a row... All in the same region.

Could it have been a simple coincidence?

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