Chile's extreme Left-Wing Revolutionary Movement (Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionario) has its bases in the poorer suburbs of Santiago and other Chilean cities.
Chile's extreme Left-Wing Revolutionary Movement (Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionario) has its bases in the poorer suburbs of Santiago and other Chilean cities. And it is in these suburbs that the MIR militia is in training to support the new President Salvador Allende and to make sure that he takes office later this year.
Ten thousand people live in the MIR camps in the Santiago suburbs. The camps are areas of land taken over by squatters organised by MIR. They acted with such speed that the police could not intervene without causing bloodshed.
The camps have Marxist's names "Lenin", Che Guevara", "26th July".
Each camp has free clinic, manned by students and nurses, and classrooms.
MIR do not agree with the new Marxist President Allende who wants socialism within the framework of political democracy. But they are now his reluctant allies and will oppose any effort to prevent his taking office.
SYNOPSIS: In the suburbs of Santiago ten thousand people live in camps run by MIR, Chile's Left-Wing Revolutionary Movement. The camps, named after left wing heroes and events, are areas of land taken over by squatters organised by MIR. The take-overs came so fast that the police could do nothing about them without risking bloodshed.
Today MIR runs the camps which are the movement's bases & headquarters For the families and the children who live in them, MIR operates basic social services. There are clinics staffed mainly by medical students and greatly appreciated by the squatters. And there are schools, or at least classes for the children, organised wherever there is space.
There are also the MIR militia and urban guerrillas, reported to be well led and well disciplined. They are part of the left-wing campaign to ensure that the newly elected President Salvador Allende takes office later this year.
The MIR camps are also the refuges of MIR leaders like Comrade Hector and Comrade Joachim, both of whom say they are wanted by the Chilean police. Joachim explained that the new President wanted socialism within the framework of political democracy. MIR did not believe Allende could achieve this, he said but it was prepared to fight anyone who tried to prevent his becoming president. At present MIR organises mass delegations from the camps to attend pro-Allende meeting in Santiago. For the time being they are his reluctant but determined allies.