Hundreds of students marched through the streets of the Chilean capital of Santiago on Thursday (29 December) shouting support for the military government of President Augusto Pinochet.
GV: Students marching through Santiago's streets chanting and carrying placards.
CU: Students marching.
GV: Students carrying banners, chanting.
SV: President Pinochet surrounded by crowd as he walks through housing estate. (TWO SHOTS)
SV: President Pinochet waving to crowd as they cheer and clap.
CU: President Pinochet talking to local mayor.
SV: President Pinochet surrounded by security men leaving site.
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Background: Hundreds of students marched through the streets of the Chilean capital of Santiago on Thursday (29 December) shouting support for the military government of President Augusto Pinochet. At the same time the President was visiting working class areas of the city, campaigning for a pro-government vote in a referendum which is scheduled for next Wednesday (4 January).
SYNOPSIS: Bystanders on the streets of Santiago were left in no doubt as to how the marching student would be voting in the referendum, which was called by President Pinochet after a recent motion at the United Nations. The motion condemned General Pinochet's military government for alleged violation of civil rights.
All Chileans over 18 are obliged to vote in the referendum, which asks whether they still support the government following the United Nations resolution.
General Pinochet, however, hasn't left it to pro-government marches to drum up support. He has been busy visiting housing estates in the suburbs telling people that the aim of the U.N. resolution is to isolate Child from the rest of the world and deny it foreign financial aid.
A recent Gallup poll in Chile predicted that the General will get around 70 percent support in the referendum. But he hasn't found it easy arranging the poll, Chile's first since the military take-over in 1973.
Several members of the General's ruling junta disagreed with the referendum and the country's Comptroller General, Senor Hector Humeres, declared it unconstitutional Senor Humeres, however, has resigned and observers say his successor will let the referendum proceed.