• Short Summary

    Anti-Government demonstrators thronged the streets of Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday (11 October) -- only a day after the streets had been packed with people supporting the Government's stand against copper companies demanding compensation for nationalisation.

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    Anti-Government demonstrators thronged the streets of Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday (11 October) -- only a day after the streets had been packed with people supporting the Government's stand against copper companies demanding compensation for nationalisation.

    Wednesday's rally was organised by opposition parties, who objected mainly to President Salvador Allende's economic policies. The Government has admitted that the cost of living went up by 99.8 (ninety-nine-point-eight) per cent in the first nine months of this year.

    On Thursday (12 October) the Government put 10 provinces under military control, requisitioned lorries and arrested 200 people in an effort to avert a major road transport stoppage. Lorry-owners had threatened a stoppage in protest against a plan to establish a state transport firm in one province. The men arrested had abandoned their lorries, blocking roads. The President later ordered all radio stations to broadcast a half-hourly statement urging the lorry drives to oppose the owners' action and to register in special offices.

    SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators surged through the streets of Santiago on Wednesday in a mass protest against the Chilean Government's economic policies. Only the previous evening there had been an equally massive demonstration in support of the Government - for its stand against the owners of nationalised copper mines who had taken international action in a bid for compensation. Opposition party leaders who organised this anti-Government demonstration supported the government on the copper issue. But they emphasised that they remained opposed to all the government's other policies.

    The people of Chile are particularly angry about inflation. The cost of living in Chile almost doubled in the first nine months of this year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3I3WT2SIW92G56F4JEBZ0FQMS
    Media URN:
    VLVA3I3WT2SIW92G56F4JEBZ0FQMS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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