For Victor Jara Murdered by the Military dictatorship Chile-15. September 1973. Victor Jara PRESENTE!!

Posted: September 15, 2014 in for your reflection, In Remembrance, Solidarity, We fight on

We republish this piece written last year on this date. For Victor Jara and all of the victims of the Military Junta in Chile.

Plegaria a un labrador

Public Prayer for a worker.

Public Prayer to a Worker

Stand up, look at the mountains
Source of the wind, the sun, the water
You, who change the course of rivers,
Who, with the seed, sow the flight of your soul,
Stand up, look at your hands,
Give to your hand to your brother so you can grow.
We’ll go together, united by blood,
Today is the day
We can make the future.
Deliver us from the master
who keeps us in misery.
The kingdom of justice and equality come.
Blow, like the wind blows
the wild flowers of the mountain pass.

Clean the barrel of my gun like fire
They will be done at last on earth
Give us your strength and courage to struggle.
Blow, like the wind blows
the wild flowers of the mountain pas

Clean the barrel of my gun like fire
Stand up, look at your hands,
Give to your hand to your brother so you can grow.
We’ll go together, united by blood,
Now and in the hour of our death.
Amen.

The following is a beautiful poem written by Adrian Mitchell and set to music by Arlo Guthrie about the life of Victor Jara.

read up on Victor in the following essay:

The Life of Victor Jara, from Marxism Leninism Today.

Victor Jara was machine-gunned to death. His body, and four other victims, were later found dumped near a railroad track outside a cemetery (one of the victims remains unidentified).

According to the autopsy report, he had been shot 44 times.

The special military unit who massacred Jara and many other political activists became known as the “Caravan of Death” and flew across the country in helicopters executing trade unionists, leftists and members of the Communist Party of Chile, and many other progressives like liberation theology priests.  More than 3,000 people were killed or went missing during the US-supported military dictatorship in Chile, from 1973 to 1990.

“With that same strength our collective fist / Will strike again some day.”..Victor Jara

As we remember Victor Jara today we also remember the thousands of others who were killed and disappeared during the reign of terror brought about in Chile by the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. This terror was sponsored by the CIA and by the government of the United States under the presidency of Richard Nixon.

Victor Jara’s last song written in the Stadium where he was held with thousands of other people.

We are five thousand
Confined in this little part of town
We are five thousand
How many of us are there throughout the country?
Such a large portion of humanity
With hunger, cold, horror and pain
Six among us have already been lost
And have joined the stars in the sky.
One killed, another beaten
As I never imagined a human being
could be beaten
The other four just wanted to put an end
To their fears
One by jumping down to his death
The other smashing his head against a wall
But all of them
Looking straight into the eyes of death.
We are ten thousand hands
That can no longer work
How many of us are there
Throughout the country?
The blood shed by our comrade President
Has more power than bombs and machine guns
With that same strength our collective fist
Will strike again some day.
Song, How imperfect you are!
When I most need to sing, I cannot
I cannot because I am still alive
I cannot because I am dying
It terrifies me to find myself
Lost in infinite moments
On which silence and shouts
Are the objectives of my song
What I now see, I have never seen
What I feel and what I have felt
Will make the moment spring again.

For more on this click to: Victor Jara and the story of his last poem.

Yes Victor rest in peace, rest in peace thousands of others those named and unnamed. Those dropped from airplanes to kill the child within and those machine gunned down. Those who were tortured broken and bloody. Those whose children taken away who now do not know from where they came.

To Those who live to tell us, what happened in those horrible years. What happened during the time when state terrorism in Chile reined against political dissidents, we say thank you for your stories. We cry with you and will stand with you so people will never forget.

In the first months after the coup d’état, the military killed thousands of Chilean Leftists, both real and suspected, or forced their “disappearance.” The military imprisoned 40,000 political enemies in the National Stadium of Chile.  The government arrested some 130,000 people in a three-year period; the dead and disappeared numbered thousands in the first months of the military government.

The government arrested some 130,000 people in a three-year period; the dead and disappeared numbered thousands in the first months of the military government

The United States played a role in the events, funding the conservative opposition and utilizing the CIA in sabotage campaigns to encourage a coup; subsequently supporting the Allende government’s replacement with a military junta led by Army Commander in Cheif Augusto Pinochet.  After the coup, the junta established a military dictatorship with support from the CIA and DIA that ruled Chile until 1990 it was marked by numerous human rights violations.

Victor Jara and the thousands, PRESENTE!

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