Víctor García Garzena

Víctor Joaquín García Garzena (22 September 1913 – 13 August 1986) was a Chilean lawyer who was a member of the Senate of Chile.

Víctor García Garzena
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García Garzena in 1973
Member of the Senate of Chile
In office
15 June 1969 – 21 September 1973
Succeeded byDissolution of the Congress
(1973 military coup)
ConstituencyO'Higgins and Colchagua Province
Personal details
Born(1913-09-22)22 September 1913
Vina del Mar, Chile
Died13 August 1986(1986-08-13) (aged 72)
Santiago, Chile
Political party
Alma mater

Garzena is well remembered in his country due to a debate he had in 1973 with the then-University of Chile Student Federation president Alejandro Rojas Wainer, who was a member of the Communist Party in 1973. That debate was recorded by Patricio Guzmán's documentary film The Battle of Chile.[1][2]

Early lifeEdit

In 1937, Garzena graduated as a lawyer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC). Then, he participated in the elaboration of the Organic Code of Courts.

Political careerEdit

Garzena was one of the founders of the National Party in 1966, being its first president (1966−1968).

In 1967, he was a candidate for a seat in the Senate in the 1967 Complementary Elections for O'Higgins and Colchagua Province, but lost the election. However, in 1969, Garzena was elected senator for the same area. During the 1969−1973 period, he was a fierce opponent of Salvador Allende.

In 1983, he was one of the founders of the National Union Movement, the forerunner of the Renovación Nacional party.


  1. ^ "'No se desespere': El día en que Alejandro Rojas sacó de sus casillas a un senador conservador en el Congreso". El Desconcierto. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Tancazo – Debate entre Alejandro Rojas (Partido Comunista) y Victor García Garzón (Partido Nacional)". YouTube. Retrieved 8 April 2022.

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