Victor Jara

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Date: 1973

Region: South America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Music


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Artist: Victor Jara (1932 - 1973)

Confronting Bodies: The Special Commission of the military intelligence service headed by General Sergio Arellano Stark.

Dates of Action: September 12, 1973

Location: Chile

Description of Artwork: The themes of his songs were about love, peace and social justice.

The Incident: Jara was convicted for his protest songs, policy positions and his work in literacy; he was arrested, tortured and shot to death with 44 bullet shots by machine gun fire, all within the first few days of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Results of Incident: After his death the figure of Jara and his music were strictly prohibited. In 2009 his murderers were identified and brought to justice.

Source: Valentin Roma; http://listenrecovery.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/victor-jara-chile-songs-for-che-guevara-photos-interview-by-nicomedes-santa-cruz/