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Allende, Salvador

[(ah-yen-de)]

A Marxist (see Marxism) who was elected president of Chile in 1970. He set the country on a radical course, which aroused opposition from the middle class and the army. He was overthrown and died during an army coup supported by the CIA in 1973.

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Allende remains a hero to many on the left wing in Latin America.
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