As to international politics, Pinter spoke out against the forcible, USA-backed ousting of President Salvador Allende
of Chile in September 1973. Like his second wife, he was a strong supporter of PEN International
11 September 1973
The elected government of Salvador Allende
in Chile was violently overthrown; Allende committed suicide, and the army under General Augusto Pinochet
took power. Twelve days later the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda
Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet
, visiting London for private medical treatment, was arrested on grounds of crimes against humanity.