Remembering a massacre a century ago
Two things I have written about before in my blog – remembering history and using songs to send a political message. These come together in a report about a massacre that happened in Chile almost exactly a century ago. Daniela Estrada's report is titled, "Workers’ Massacre More Relevant Than Ever 100 Years On".
On 21 December 1907 thousands of striking workers were killed by troops on the order of the government. A song composed in 1969 by the late Luis Advis and recorded in 1970 by folk music group Quilapayún made the event known in Chile and abroad.
The massacre was in the port of Iquique in northern Chile. In Iquique as well as in other parts of the world there are events as the anniversary approaches. Chilean music groups like Quilapayún and Inti Illimani will be participating.
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