A number of demonstrations on Saturday (11 September) marked the third anniversary of the overthrow of the Marxist President of Chile, Salvador Allende, who died in a right-wing military coup.
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Background: A number of demonstrations on Saturday (11 September) marked the third anniversary of the overthrow of the Marxist President of Chile, Salvador Allende, who died in a right-wing military coup.
SYNOPSIS: In West Berlin, some four thousand people took part in a demonstration marking the anniversary. The organisers said all those who took part in the demonstration were socialists and communists, staunch supporters of the late President's government. Many carried banners saying, "down with the military junta" and "solidarity with the fight of the Chilean people". Most of the demonstrators were young. The police were very much in evidence but there was no violence. As the demonstration took place in West Berlin, the Chilean government of President Augusto Pinochet freed 205 political prisoners. But it also decreed a six-month extension of the state of siege in force since the overthrow of the Allende government. Announcing the extension, President Pinochet said conditions in the country continued to make the state of siege necessary.
The West Berlin demonstrators had no way of knowing at the time that the government had freed the political prisoners. The government action virtually cleared the "Tres Alamos" detention centre on the outskirts of Santiago. The only prisoners still held there are six prominent supporters of Dr. Allende's government, including the Secretary-General of the banned Communist Party, Senor Luis Corvalan.