President Andrés Manuel López Obrador restored the Aztec Eagle decoration, at the level of a collar, to the former president of Chile Salvador Allende.
In an event held at Mexican residence in Chile the President presented the same decoration, but at the insignia level, to the daughter of the former president, Senator Isabel Allende for his work in restoring the democratic system in his country.
“I want to end in a simple way, just remembering, reminding the Allende family that they are in our hearts, reminding all of you what you already know, what you have experienced, that Mexico, like Chile, is your homeland. Chile! Long live Salvador Allende! and Long live Mexico! “López Obrador said at a private event.
In her speech, Isabel Allende recalled the work of the ambassador Gonzalo Martinez who was able to gather and shelter nearly 500 people in the Mexican embassy in Chile, including his family, to save them from prison, torture and even disappearance.
And he thanked the open door policy for those at risk of death maintained by the Mexican government.
“Receiving this decoration from the Aztec Eagle at the headquarters level inspires me a lot, but I feel that this is for everyone in Mexico, for everyone who feels that the doors have been opened, those houses that opened. opened to us, that unique Mexican food, that craftsmanship that has always been with us,” he emphasized.
He participated as a special guest in the event. the president of Chile, Gabriel Boric who considered it very important that in this ceremony the distinction was restored to Allende.
And in a speech with a more political tone, he called out the opposition in his country for trying to discredit the slain former president as a democrat.
“A senior leader of one of the right-wing parties holds Salvador Allende responsible for the destruction of democracy. And as president of Chile I want to say very strongly that a democrat, until the last minute like President Allende, is not responsible for the destruction of democracy, that responsibility lies with those who instigated and those who materially carried out the bombing of La Moneda Palace, our institutions and from the same day and moment they killed, killed and tortured ,” he said.
At the end of the event, President López Obrador gave Boric a commemorative coin of the Chilean exile in Mexico and the two unveiled a plaque to be placed at the Mexican embassy in recognition of Mexico’s solidarity during the military coup.