“Please remember Victor Jara in the Santiago stadium!” From Washington Bullets by the Clash
“How terrifying is the face of Fascism. For them, blood is a medal, carnage is a heroic gesture.” Excerpt from Jara’s last poem, smuggled out of the stadium where he was tortured and murdered.
Victor Jara was a Chilean political activist and folk singer who was murdered when the US-backed Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected Salvador Allende in 1973. In June of this year, 2016, a Chilean army officer was found liable for the murder of Victor Jara in 1973.
Two great background pieces on the politics of the situation by the Jacobin and the Guardian
The Clash knew who was to blame
For Jara’s music, lets begin at the end. The very end.
Three great, sad, moving, and important songs to get you started
Phil Ochs was a big fan of and friend of Victor Jara
Ochs was in Chile and South America with Jara just prior to his death. Phil Ochs was back in the US when he heard the news of his torture and death. Ochs was devastated by Jara’s death.