Letter: Allende's last stand
15 September 2006
While the photograph of the 1973 coup in Chile is still impressive … President Allende was not leaving the Moneda Palace.
Re George Redman's letter (September 13): the non-uniformed young men in the photograph were members of Gap, a group improvised by the socialist party for the personal security of the president. Most members were executed following the coup. The moustachioed man in the photograph is a doctor and personal friend of the president. He survived the ordeal. The uniformed policeman behind was a member of the official guard which abandoned the palace before the attack, validating the misgivings about them.
Ronaldo Ramirez, UCL Development Planning Unit, 'The Guardian'