• Short Summary

    Chilean soldiers and
    police searched households for supporters of the late President, Salvador
    Allende, in raids in Santiago on Sunday (23rd September).

  • Description

    Chilean soldiers and
    police searched households for supporters of the late President, Salvador
    Allende, in raids in Santiago on Sunday (23rd September). Sonfires were lit in
    the streets and hundreds of books - most of them Marxist, were publicly
    incinerated.

    About three thousand soldiers and police cordoned off a large part-of central
    Santiago, and searched the buildings one by one for supporters of the old
    regime. The authorities said the result was "very positive" and one source put
    the number arrested at more than 20, including two officials of United Popular,
    the left-wing coalition. In one area, people were not allowed in or out of their
    homes during the operation.

    The soldiers said they were looking for subversives on the wanted list.. others
    said they were searching for illegal weapons and firearms. What they came out
    with were stacks of books. Many were on Marxist themes, but they also included
    works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and John Kenneth Galbraith. A
    few children's books were included in the piles of books, which were burnt in
    the gutters.

    SYNOPSIS: Chilean soldiers blocked off a big area in central Santiago on Sunday
    and searched each building for supporters of the late President Salvador
    Allende. About three thousand soldiers spread around the area, some keeping
    watch while the searches were carried out.

    In one area, people were not allowed in or out of their homes during the
    operation. The exercise came as a shock to the people, who'd been told the
    military were in complete control and life was back to normal.

    The authorities said the result of the search was very positive and one source
    put the number arrested at more than twenty, including two officials of United
    Popular, the left wing coalition. The soldiers said they were looking for
    subversives and weapons.

    The raid came amid reports of executions of prisoners held by the new
    government. One report said six prisoners were killed while trying to escape.

    Two Americans, who were held in the national football stadium in Santiago, said
    they'd seen the killings.

    The soldiers came out of the houses carrying books and leaflets. Most were on
    Marxist themes, but they also included works by Sir Arthur Conan Dayle, Agatha
    Christie and John Kenneth Galbraith. A few children's books were included.

    Hundreds of books were built into piles, then set afire in the streets as the
    soldiers watched.

    Later the Government announced that some town and neighbourhood names had been
    changed, One of the villages affected was Carlos Marx, which has become Cabo de
    Carabineros.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1ZU514J6VNYDUJEU3U76UXS5N
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ZU514J6VNYDUJEU3U76UXS5N
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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