Thousands of women marched through the streets of Chile's capital Santiago, on Wednesday, calling on the President, Dr.
Thousands of women marched through the streets of Chile's capital Santiago, on Wednesday, calling on the President, Dr. Salvador Allends to resign.
The demonstration, which stretched for hundreds of yards (metres) along the main street of the city, completely dwarfed a counter-rally by pro-Allende women in front of the Presidential Place, a few streets away.
At one stage fringe groups form the who demonstrations clashed head on, hurling stones and insults at each other. Eventually the groups were separated by riot police who were forced to revert to firing tear gas at the two sides.
The anti-Allende women, waving white handkerchiefs and Chilean flags, chanted "Que se vaya" (He should go) in response to a recording relayed over loudspeakers of part of a speech by Dr. Allende made last week, in which he said he would resign "if the people so wanted."
The women, in order to demonstrate their protest at continuing food shortages, banged empty saucepans together making a tremendous noise.
The anti-Allende women emerged as a political force in December 1971, when their "march of the empty pots" --also in protest against food shortages -- touched off days of street violence when it was forcibly disbanded by riot police.