50 years ago today - Sep 11, 1973

The overthrow and death of Salvador Allende, democratically elected president of Chile where Mormons are a higher percentage of the population than in the U.S. Allende is a Marxist, and the LDS mission president's non-missionary assistant proclaims that "the Lord played a part in the overthrow of that communist government," possibly a knowing reference to alleged role of Anaconda Copper's LDS executive Charles Jay Parkinson in financing Allende's overthrow. When asked about LDS socialists who are among the thousands who soon "disappear" by orders of dictator Augusto Pinochet, Chile's regional representative Robert E. Wells replies: "If he had to shoot anyone the great majority deserved it since they were terrorists. The U.S. bleeding heart press doesn't understand the local situation." Wells becomes a general authority in 1976.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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