The opinion of the man who stood by Neruda always: Manuel Araya

Raul Valdivia-Pizarro (Pancho Calama)



Manuel Araya, tells me he can now die in peace. "To be heard and to gather so many wills around the just cause that means the defense of Neruda, I indicated that" planted for fruit, the fruit of truth, now I take care a little more because my health is something resentful, which has more strengthened me in tremendous conscious solidarity that I received on my trip to Cuba, Neruda always convert that revolution was real and I could see not because they have received me so many authorities of culture, but because I could watch a courageous people but above all worship.

"I must point out to take the enemy does not make me afraid, even though I have received death threats by phone and in person. Faced with such insolence, from the Swedish Parliament are concerned, the international complaints were made a while under protection and police have advised me on certain precautions.

As I point out I received the support of the Swedish Parliament and I must thank the Nerudian Raul Valdivia deep supporter of the work Anthology People 1972 who interceded with the Swedish Nerudian deputy Torbjon Bjorlund, who contacted the former Swedish Ambassador to Chile, Eva Zetterberg which I communicate to the Chilean authorities that Manuel Araya enjoyed the protection of the Kingdom of Sweden, this action was prompted by the assault I received at my home, where only my computer is subtracted, I guess the attackers assumed that there remained all the information diffuses to the world and other research ".Comenta Manuel.

Manuel Araya Osorio has a bullet in his leg and a missing brother, who believe that he was murdered. By being chauffeur, bodyguard and secretary of Pablo Neruda, he was marked for life. The poet had warned him ever punished for working with him, advising him never to say anything, but he took out his eyes.

It was at his side since the poet returned to Chile from Paris to three hours before dying in the clinic Santa Maria, the September 23, 1973, when a doctor, who entered the room, sent him to buy a remedy. A few blocks away, a group of civilians, armed and mobilized, the intercept, beat him, gunned him and take him to a police station, where he was transferred to the National Stadium, then become prison camp.

It was on 23 September 1973. Shortly before midnight that day, dies in clinical Pablo Neruda.

"A fucking prick killed while a plane was waiting in the china to take him to Mexico, he says, claiming that the poet was not sick enough to die and that it was he himself who told Matilde and he who had supplied him with a shot in stomach ". He had been admitted to the clinic, thinking it was a safe place to protect it and protect it while waiting for the pass which processed the embassy of Mexico and prepared the space flight.


A brave citizen


At the National Stadium they were tortured before his eyes to see his own death, as he says. "They wanted to know about the life of Neruda, his relationship with President Allende, the communist leaders and their plans." After 45 days of arrest on November 17, 1973, they let him go at twelve o'clock at night. He had a bullet wound in the left leg, broken ribs and head. He weighed 33 kilos, just walking. Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez, who met in Isla Negra, interceded for him and freedom.

Recovered from his wounds and fractures, he did everything in their power to get their voice. He spoke with Matilde Urrutia, but she would not denounce anything. Feared they expelled from the country and property removed.

Later he knocked on the doors of the Pablo Neruda Foundation and the political world. Do not believe, they do not received a card or passed him, telling him that he would contact. They did not believe, even though the first press reports (El Mercurio and La Tercera) realize that Neruda died of cardiac shock after an injection. Neither the reports nor collect this version biographers, referring to the death certificate, which states as a cause of cancer metastasis and bias around since he came to the clinic in critical condition.

In 1992, he was not invited to the funeral and burial that left the poet overlooking the sea. Flights to Isla Negra, passing the coffin and the procession in front of him, in the Plaza de San Antonio, with tears in his eyes, the wind scarf and Venceremos fist raised, yields a solitary, silent and anonymous tribute. She cried, again and again. It was out of pity, impotence and therefore considers the big mistake: Neruda left alone in clinical care of her sister, Laura, who was half-blind.

Much suffering, became ill seriously. A pre-attack paralyzed half of his body. At night, in his dreams, the poet encouraged him to continue to denounce his assassination.

Many are unaware or unwilling to acknowledge their role in the last days of Neruda. In his memoirs, Matilde presents him as someone far away.

The truth though is crushed, is the truth, so it is invincible.

In November 2011, the Communist Party of Chile filed a complaint for murder and conspiracy, the case "Neruda Case". The investigation falls to the special prosecutor, Mario Chariot, who then reconstruct the story, enacted an order to exhume the remains.

As part of the investigation, clinic officials admit seeing strange people the day he died Neruda. It has also been said that none of the tests analyzed realizes the presence of a malignant tumor. Now will be the forensic analysis, analyzes and reports to determine the causes of death.

Hopeful that truth and justice history back to collective memory, Manuel Araya says, "I meet memory recall and denounce the murderers, the life of my childhood where I worked in the field also charges, there are days me coming depletion, however I manage to pull myself together and I'm dedicated to my work as a taxi driver on the streets. Bordering 70 years. " I discovered that having a pension that does not even reach the minimum wage and thus does not live his life, I wonder, there will be a government authority who understands the value of this hero, there will be someone of those who have chosen shame?

His historical knowledge has remained standing. A puzzle row used, as needed: when they raided his house, the dictatorship all the books he had given her the poet with autographs and took a credential. It was a white flyer - which, remember - read: pray to the relevant authorities provide all facilities working my secretary. Pablo Neruda.

Your doctor forbade talk about what Neruda, but he still does.

 Since the Mexican magazine "Proceso" published the article "Neruda was murdered," based on his statements, a little before putting the complaint in Chile, they have not stopped to interview. Worldwide they seek and offer projects to bring his story to film and edit books in other languages. From Sweden, he was invited to a tribute that will yield the poet Nobel Prize for Literature, 40 years after his death. He was also invited to Cuba, who just turned dream.

Based on his testimony, the book "Murders of Neruda" by Francisco Marín and Mario Casasús concludes that the poet murdered physically and ideologically. The latter, because, they argue, his goods are held hostage in the hands of those who do not represent their will. The statutes of the Cantalao Foundation, which failed to become, mentioned as executors two direct representatives of it, to the rectors of the universities of Chile, Catholic and state, a leader of the Central Workers, CUT and one dela Society of Writers, SECH.

Araya tells me, never forget the efforts made by Raul Valdivia in the national and international arena in defense of Neruda's work was published in Chile aimed at all Chileans, and that would be received for free, unknown work by the Neruda Foundation and that basically has authorized his plagiarism twice.

Pablo Neruda is buried in his house-museum in Isla Negra. Those who want to visit and put flowers on his grave, they first have to open your wallet and buy a ticket that costs four thousand dollars. Manuel Araya, his chauffeur and secretary, argues that Pablito, as I said, because - in his words - he was a child psychologically, what are alone and isolated from those who truly belongs.


Raúl Pizarro Valdivia


Researcher - Editor - Cultural Producer

Vice ordförande Pablo Nerudakommittén Föreningen i Sverige

Vice President ADDHEE / NGO Chile

Vice President PAN / NGO Chile


* Sources:

Exchanges with Manuel Araya, on a flight to Cuba.