This mural was recently discovered in Leeds University Union (LUU). It was recognised by Mario Álvarez Fuentes, who then contacted the wider Chilean community. The Chilean community lead by Gilberto Hernández and Pedro Fuentes contacted LUU in an open letter expressing the importance of the mural. LUU, The Chilean Community, The University of Leeds and the Heritage Lottery Fund are all now working together to help save this mural, tell the story of how it came to be here, and remind Leeds of the role it played in Chilean History. The mural was painted in 1976 by Chilean men who had fled the military dictatorship. The mural was painted as part of the solidarity movement, in an effort to make a wider community aware of the atrocities happening in Chile.
The Chile Solidarity Campaign was founded in September 1973 immediately after the coup. It was the focus for uniting political opposition to the new military regime. The campaign brought together the refugees and the people in Britain who had supported Allende’s socialist government. The movement stood for the refugees and their comrades in Chile,… Continue reading Solidaridad and Action in Leeds
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