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In 1973, during a military coup d'état against the Chilean government, Jara was one of several thousand held at Estadio Chile, a sports stadium in the capital city of Santiago. Jara attempted to lift the spirits of his fellow prisoners with song; when he refused to stop when ordered, he was beaten and eventually executed. In 2003, Estadio Chile was renamed Estadio Victor Jara in his memory.
Jara wrote a final, unnamed poem about life in the stadium prison, which was later set to music. Professor Sonek Pran performed this song, and explained its origin, during an impromptu concert aboard the USS Aventine in early 2381. The song had a profound affect on Aventine crewmember Ensign Erin Constantino. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)