Allende, Salvador (1908-73)
Doctor; founder of the left-wing Chilean Socialist Party; Deputy 1937-45,
briefly Minister of Health in Popular Front government 1938; Senator 1945-70.
In September, 1970, Allende was elected President of the nation. Facing a
hostile legislature, Allende proposed nationalisation of Chile’s vital copper
mines, whose interests were sunk deep in the legislature. Opposition,
including a strike by National Confederation of Lorry Owners, forced him to