A Communist should have largeness of mind and he should be staunch and active, looking upon the interests of the revolution as his very life and subordinating his personal interests to those of the revolution; always and everywhere he should adhere to principle and wage a tireless struggle against all incorrect ideas and actions, so as to consolidate the collective life of the Party and strengthen the ties between the Party and the masses; he should be more concerned about the Party and the masses than about any private person, and more concerned about others than about himself. Only thus can he be considered a Communist.
U.S. imperialism, unable to reconcile itself to the new Chile, worked night and day to overturn the Allende government.
The government of Salvador Allende limited its actions to the constitution and bourgeois law. Despite the fact that the people were demanding arms, the government failed to provide them. The workers ultimately could not defend themselves from the terror unleashed by the military.
The Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR) supported the Allende government but warned that pitfalls lay ahead. The MIR was one of a handful of organizations in Chile at the time that understood there was a real difference between taking office and taking power. In March 1972 it warned, not organize, to not mobilize, to not fight is to open the door to fascism.”