Given these facts, the only thing left for me is to say to workers:
I am not going to resign! Placed in a historic transition, I will
pay for loyalty to the people with my life. And I say to them that I
am certain that the seeds which we have planted in the good
conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans will not be
They have force and will be able to dominate us, but social
processes can be arrested by neither crime nor force. History is
ours, and people make history.
Workers of my country: I want to thank you for the loyalty that you
always had, the confidence that you deposited in a man who was only
an interpreter of great yearnings for justice, who gave his word
that he would respect the Constitution and the law and did just
that. At this definitive moment, the last moment when I can address
you, I wish you to take advantage of the lesson: foreign capital,
imperialism, together with the reaction, created the climate in
which the Armed Forces broke their tradition, the tradition taught
by General Schneider and reaffirmed by Commander Araya, victims of
the same social sector who today are hoping, with foreign
assistance, to re-conquer the power to continue defending their
profits and their privileges.
I address you, above all, the modest woman of our land, the
campesina who believed in us, the mother who knew our concern for
children. I address professionals of Chile, patriotic professionals
who continued working against the sedition that was supported by
professional associations, classist associations that also defended
the advantages of capitalist society. I address the youth, those who
sang and gave us their joy and their spirit of struggle. I address
the man of Chile, the worker, the farmer, the intellectual, those
who will be persecuted, because in our country fascism has been
already present for many hours -- in terrorist attacks, blowing up
the bridges, cutting the railroad tracks, destroying the oil and gas
pipelines, in the face of the silence of those who had the
obligation to act. They were committed. History will judge them.
Surely Radio Magallanes will be silenced, and the calm metal
instrument of my voice will no longer reach you. It does not matter.
You will continue hearing it. I will always be next to you. At least
my memory will be that of a man of dignity who was loyal to his
The people must defend themselves, but they must not sacrifice
themselves. The people must not let themselves be destroyed or
riddled with bullets, but they cannot be humiliated either.
Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other
men will overcome this dark and bitter moment when treason seeks to
prevail. Go forward knowing that, sooner rather than later, the
great avenues will open again and free men will walk through them to
construct a better society.
Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!
These are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will not
be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral
lesson that will punish felony, cowardice, and treason.
Santiago de Chile
11 September 1973