Street fighting broke out in Santiago on Tuesday (29 August) between police and two different groups of students, one group supporting the government of President Allende, the other opposing it.
GTV Anti-government students through streets. (2 shots)
SV Police in line across street.
SV's Police water vehicle sprays right-wing students. (3 shots)
SV Tear gas grenade smoking.
GV Police moving down street.
GV Left-wing students in street.
CHANCELLOR: "The students marched to the Education Ministry to protest the occupation of a high school by leftist teenagers. Conflict between students supporting the government and those who want it overthrown has now extended from the universities to secondary schools. Police were ready for both groups. The right-wing students attacked the Ministry building and the police opened up on them with water cannon. That scattered the students, but didn't stop them. They kept forming in small groups trying to get back at the police but the water held them back. They tried throwing rocks, but that didn't work either. Then the police used tear gas to break up the attack. Later they found themselves, the police did, fighting both the right-wing students and the left-wingers, who had been demonstrating against what they called seditious reactionaries. At least twenty five students were arrested."
(Reports from Chile since this film was shot say demonstrations against President Allende have spread beyond Santiago to provincial cities, especially Concepcion. But President Allende has rejected suggestions that Chile is on the brink of civil war.)
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Background: Street fighting broke out in Santiago on Tuesday (29 August) between police and two different groups of students, one group supporting the government of President Allende, the other opposing it.
The fighting occurred only hours after a week-long state of emergency, imposed on the city because of strikes and demonstrations against the Allende government, had been lifted.
The biggest demonstration was by right-wing students opposed to President Allende. They marched through Santiago to the government buildings in the city centre. But the police were ready for them and tried to disperse the demonstration with water cannon and tear gas. Twenty five students were arrested.