Carlos Arredondo, Carlos, Arredondo, Chile, Scotland, music, poetry, culture, Latin America  
 

 
 

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In Scotland, I become a sort of a cultural worker engaged in activities around the theme of music, poetry, tradition, identity and memories which had allowed me to do social and solidarity work in this country.

Part of this work has been to research, document and write a history of the Chilean refugees in Scotland. This is important because it is about a drama that began in Chile on the 11th of September of 1973. On this date, a bloody coup d' etat took place with terrible consequences for the country. https://vimeo.com/40838254

The coup was staged by the army General Augusto Pinochet, with the support of the Government of the United States, against the democratic elected Socialist Government of Salvador Allende. It is against the backdrop of this sad experience that I found myself doing things that I never dreamt of doing. My story, a labyrinth, evolves round two very different countries miles apart in distance, history and culture. I just wanted to share my experience!

In May 2010, for example, The Scottish Refugee Council and The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees.(UNHCR) asked me to support their activities to commemorate the 60th anniversary of The United Nation Convention on Refugees. With pleasure, I accepted their invitation because I knew so well that this organization had played a great role during the dictatorship. One of the highlights of these activities was to have tea at the Home Office with the Home Secretary, the conservative Minister Theresa May. I was one of three refugees in Britain invited to the Home Office. For the record, May was not a good Home Secretary according to The Expectator: “Theresa May’s record as Home Secretary is alarming, not reassuring”

In a press interview, soon after our tea meeting, May spoke very highly of individuals like us and our contributions to the UK. (This interview was until recently on YouTube and was removed for some reasons.) From 13 July 2016, two days after becoming leader of the Conservative Party, May was appointed Prime Minister and despite all her positive appraisal towards the refugees people in the UK, her government so far (Feb 2017) shows an appalling records towards the refugee people.

 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/sep/19/theresa-may-resists-calls-uk-accept-syrian-refugees-aid

Another interesting experience for me has been to become a Unison Shop Steward to represent the Support Staff in my place of work. I hate the idea of history passing me by my side - I want to be part of it!


I love playing my guitar

1984. I compose and performed
songs for the great 7:84 Theatre Company
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7:84


1988, Edinburgh. I organized
this symbolic referendum.
“No” campaign
Front page on The Scotsman.  

 



1998, Demo-London
detention of Pinochet

Pinochet was in London for surgery when Scotland Yard investigators arrested him on charges of murdering Spanish citizens in Chile during his rule.

 


Performing at the
Edinburgh University

 

Carlos Arrendondo, FABULA, For a better understanding of Latin America - Carlos Arredondo, Carlos, Arredondo, Chile, Scotland, music, poetry, culture, Latin America
2001 By Craig McLean for a
photographic exhibition
in Edinburgh

Scottish actor Gregor Fisher and I
in John McGrath's film: Red Blood
Roses. This scene was filmed
in Largs, Scotland,
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/975703/

2011. UNHCR-Tea with
Theresa May at
the Home Office
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-secretary-meets-remarkable-refugees


 


Work with the 7:84 Theatre
Co. Canada- The playwright
J. McGrath

 


2010 Support in Edinburgh for the
Chilean earthquake -

 


2011. London. At the Home
Office with UNHCR staff. Meeting
with the Home Secretary
Theresa May




Support against cuts on
jobs and education
in Scotland


2010 Chilean earthquake
The fisherman Alejandro
Reyes was the recipient
of a boat we bought for him
in Edinburgh. See link below

https://youtu.be/5oiOjlYdVJM

 


Latin America Canta
En Edimburgo
(LACE)



 


 
 
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