Chile celebrated May Day on tuesday (1 May) with a rally in front of President Salvador Allende's official residence.
Chile celebrated May Day on tuesday (1 May) with a rally in front of President Salvador Allende's official residence. Dr. Allende's addressed the massive crowd of nearly a hundred thousand people.
But the event, which is celebrated internationally as a "workers' day", was shadowed by a background of political and civil unrest. For since coming to power, Dr. Allende has faced several crises at home and on foreign affairs. Strikes, protests and demonstrations over several issues have troubled his regime, and in April alone the Government was faced with strife over education, mining and transport.
Dr. Allende re-shuffled his cabinet last month after March's parliamentary elections, in which his left-wing coalition increased its representation to 43 per cent -- although remaining a minority. President Allende himself still has over three years in office, and has declared nothing would stoop him completing it -- although recently he admitted he had considered resigning int he face of mounting opposition to his government.
SYNOPSIS: In Chile a massive crowd of nearly a hundred thousand people gathered in front of President Salvador Allende's official residence in Santiago on Tuesday to celebrated May Day. The occasion is celebrated internationally as a "workers' day". President Allende, who has faced considerable opposition to his government during his two and a half years in power, addressed the rally.
But the occasion was shadowed by recent civil and political unrest in Chile. The unrest has always been evident since Dr. Allende became the nation's Marxist leader in 1970, but it increased last month following March's parliamentary elections. Dr. Allende's left-wing coalition improved its parliamentary representation to forty-three per cent, but still remained in a minority.
Recent troubles since the elections have included sri???s and demonstrations over education, mining and transport. Dr. Allende, himself, admitted earlier this year that he had considered resigning in the face of mounting opposition to his government. But just before the election he declared nothing would stop him from completing his remaining three-and-a half years in office. Since the election, however, he has reshuffled his cabinet.