Violence broke out in Chile on October 4 and 5 as students protested at government control over the country's universities.
1. GV Students start to build barricades across road (2 shots) 0.12
2. GV Riot police pull obstruction down 0.18
3. SV Chanting students, many hiding their faces, through gates 0.27
4. GV & GV PAN Security forces, some in civilian clothes, come under hail of stones, retaliate and take cover (2 shots) 0.59
5. GV PAN Security forces and riot police rushing at students 1.13
6. SV PAN AND SV Police with arrested students (2 shots) 1.22
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Background: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Violence broke out in Chile on October 4 and 5 as students protested at government control over the country's universities. Trouble began on October 4 when students built barricades in the road outside Santiago's Teachers' Training College, only to see riot police move in and tear them down. The next day, their number swollen to an estimated 1,500, students gathered outside Santiago University, their protest turning into a stone-throwing battle between the demonstrators and pro-government students inside the building. Police in riot gear charged protestors, making several arrests. The incidents took place shortly after a markedly conciliatory speech by President Augusto Pinochet. Speaking on October 2, the president called for a consensus to guide Chile along the road to democracy, but warned against violent demonstrations. Nine people died during disturbances in August as opposition groups took to the streets to demand a return to democracy before Pinochet's indicated date of 1989. Opposition labour unions have called for a general strike on October 30 to press for a shortening of Pinochet's calendar of ending 11 years of harsh military rule.
Source: REUTERS - RAUL CUEVAS