Violence flared in Santiago on Wednesday between troops and rightwing demonstrators just as a two week old strike against Chile's Marxist-led government appeared to be ending.
LV PAN Street scene in Santiago
SV Street PAN TO CU cartoons calling for silence in streets
GV PAN People queueing for ice cream
GV & MV Crowd in street & students hand out leaflets (2 shots)
GV Crowd PAN troops
GV Crowds & troops (2 shots)
GV ZOOM TO MV garbage burnt PAN crowds
MV PAN Rioters chased by troops & beaten (2 shots)
MV Demonstrators led away (2 shots)
MV PAN Rioter with head cut & crowd (2 shots)
TV Troops blocking roadway PAN cars & troops
TV Water cannon spraying shops & people
GV PAN Troops in truck & on road (2 shots)
Initials SGM/2120 SGM/2155
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Violence flared in Santiago on Wednesday between troops and rightwing demonstrators just as a two week old strike against Chile's Marxist-led government appeared to be ending. The fighting shattered five days of relative calm in the capital.
Leaders of the Lorry Owners Federation who took vehicles off the road on October the Eleventh are reported to have agreed on a formula to end their strike. The stoppage was called to protest against a Government plan to set up a State-run transport system in the south of the country. However, it sparked off widespread protests against the socialists' policies of President Salvador Allende's Popular Unity Coalition.
On Tuesday (Oct 24) leaders of the country's five political parties - opposed to the two-year-old Popular Unity Coalition Government-called on their supporters to stay at home in a 'Day of Silence' protest. Though tension abated in Santiago, police continued to guard key points and the Army maintained its midnight to 6 am curfew. On Wednesday (Oct 25) the peace was shattered when gangs of youths taunted police in what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to spark fresh trouble.