Communist Party of Chile

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Communist Party of Chile

Partido Comunista de Chile
LeaderCurrently Unfilled
FounderLuis Emilio Recabarren
Founded4 June 1912
NewspaperEl Siglo
Youth wingCommunist Youth of Chile
Membership (2017)52,356

The Communist Party of Chile, originally called the Socialist Workers' Party, is a communist party in Chile.

History[edit | edit source]

The Communist Party of Chile was founded in 1912 and was known as the Socialist Workers' Party until 1922.[1] In 1969, It joined the Popular Unity alliance with the Socialist Party of Chile and various other leftist parties in the country. The party supported Salvador Allende, a socialist who was elected president in 1970. After Augusto Pinochet's CIA-supported coup in 1973, the party was banned.[2] In 1983, it established a guerrilla organization and was legalized in 1990 after the Pinochet's junta ended.

On August 29, 2023, Guillermo Tellier, the leader of The Communist Party of Chile died. He had become a communist in the 1950s and went into hiding when Pinochet took power. He was caught after a year and imprisoned and tortured in the Air Force War Academy for two years. He was eventually released in 1976. He became head of the Communist Party's Military Commission in the 1980s and joined as part of the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front (FPMR). He joined the central committee in 1988. He started leading the party in March of 2005. He was elected as part of the Santiago Metropolitan Region and served four terms from 2010 to March 2022.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. José Luis Rubio (1971). The workers' internationals in America (Spanish: Las internacionales obreras en América) (p. 61). Madrid.
  2. "Remembering the 1973 Chile coup: A useful lesson about the “peaceful transition” to Socialism" (2016-09-11). In Defense of Communism. Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  3. "Chilean Communist Party President Guillermo Tellier Dies" (2023-08-29). teleSUR. Retrieved 2023-09-12.