One of Uruguay's traditional political parties, the Colorado Party, organised a motorcade through the streets of Montevideo on Sunday (5 September).
One of Uruguay's traditional political parties, the Colorado Party, organised a motorcade through the streets of Montevideo on Sunday (5 September). The event was a bid to increase support for the party, looking toward the November general elections.
The right-wing Colorado Party, along with the Blanco Party -- Uruguay's other traditional party -- is facing stiff competition from a new grouping of left-wing parties, the Frente Amplio (Broad Front). In the background are the Tupamaros, an urban guerrilla organisation. It the Frente Amplio should fail in its bid to gain more liberal reforms through the elections, the Tupamaros might well be in a position to win over mass support.
SYNOPSIS: With the general elections in November, the right-wing Colorado Party organised a motorcade in Montevideo on Sunday. The Colorado Party and the Blanco Party are the traditional political organisations in Uruguay, but this year they are facing a strong bid from a new grouping of left-wing parties, the Frente Amplio.
Sunday's event was an attempt to increase support for the Colorado Party, and it came on the heels of a week of violence in Montevideo. One student and two policemen were killed, with many other people injured.
The government of President Jorge Pachecho has denounced the wave of violence as part of a plot to overthrow the government. An official communique said the authorities had decided to use violence to crush violence. The motorcade supporting the Colorado Party, could also be a demonstration of support for the government's new policy.