Victor Jara was a Chilean folk singer who was also a card-carrying Chilean Communist party member, frequent Cuba visitor and tight with the Allende regime for whom he served as propagandist. He was arrested and shot during Pinochet’s coup. Certainly sad, but sh*t happens during coups against Communists hell-bent on creating another Cuba.
Bruce Springsteen just played a concert in Santiago, Chile where he dedicated an encore to the Communist Victor Jara:
“In 1988 we played for Amnesty International in Mendoza, Argentina, but Chile was in our hearts,” said Springsteen according to a translation on the fan site Backstreets. “We met many families of desaparecidos, which had pictures of their loved ones. It was a moment that stays with me forever. A political musician, Victor Jara, remains a great inspiration. It’s a gift to be here and I take it with humbleness.”
Given The Boss’ heartfelt concern for these type of things–and especially for Amnesty International prisoners of concsience–we can hardly wait for Bruce’s concerts in memory of Oswaldo Paya, Harold Cepero, Laura Pollan, Orlando Zapata-Tamayo, Pedro Luis Boitel, etc. etc. etc. and about twenty thousand other Cubans who perished in a similar manner to Jara but much closer to Springsteen’s home, and at the hands of a man who craved to incinerate Springsteen’s home. Many of these victims families are now U.S. citizens.
Castro’s death toll: (estimated) 100,000
Pinochet’s death toll (maybe) 3000
Here you go Bruce, plenty inspiration for new songs and concert dedications right here among your own compatriots. Have at it, Boss.