50 years after the Coup d’état, the European Union has reaffirmed its willingness to continue working with Chile in the protection of human rights, the strengthening of democracy and historical memory.
Josép Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union and Vice President of the European Commission, remembered Salvador Allende and paid tribute to the thousands of victims of the dictatorship in Chile and around the world.
Borrell began his speech by reflecting on the importance of remembering the past in order not to forget the atrocities committed in the name of power and to pay tribute to those who suffered and fought for justice and freedom. In addition, he emphasized memory as an antidote to repeating the dark history of humanity.
“We remember so as not to forget and pay tribute to the victims, the thousands of dead, missing and tortured. We remember in order not to forget the death of Salvador Allende and the dignity of that last message of hope that he sent through Radio Magallanes, between explosions and shots, a phrase that is already part of the great phrases of the history of politics in the world we have. everything is repeated and we keep it in our memory and heart. That call to open the great channels through which the free person passes to build a better society,” said the representative of the EU.
More than three decades after the return to democracy in Chile, Borrell emphasized that it is important to keep alive the memory of Allende and all the victims of the dictatorship, because memory and education are the foundations of the moral strength needed. to avoid the horrors. repeated in the future.
Josép Borrell ended his speech by recognizing and paying tribute to all the people who faced dictatorships in Chile and around the world. He highlighted the courage of those who fought for justice and democracy, recalling that their sacrifice and example continue to be a source of inspiration for the struggle for a better world.
The words of Salvador Allende, “we remember them as an antidote because moral strength lies in memory and education so that it never happens again.”
“We finally remembered to recognize those who faced dictatorships in Chile and around the world,” he concluded.