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    Chile's President Augusto Pincohet attended a church service in Santiago on Saturday (18 September) to mark the third anniversary of the coup which brought him to power.

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    Chile's President Augusto Pincohet attended a church service in Santiago on Saturday (18 September) to mark the third anniversary of the coup which brought him to power.

    SYNOPSIS: Earlier, the government freed 205 political prisoners, but also announced a six-month extension of the so-called state of siege, in force since the overthrow of Marxist President Salvador Allende. President Pinochet has also hinted at new restrictions on political parties.

    His junta had already banned Marxist parties, but centrist groups, including the Christian Democrats and the Radical party, were declared to be in recess. This implied they would eventually be allowed to resume their activities.

    Observers in Chile now expect new restrictions on those parties. Today, virtually only the church is able to voice any criticism of the regime. Had the coup not taken place, chileans would now be preparing to elect a successor to President Allende.

    President Pinochet said the country has now ceased to be the kind of ideologically neutral state favoured by the liberals, and had adopted a national doctrine. Decrees detailing measures for the new philosophy were expected, but the only one to be issued extended the state of siege.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3TU70AIO0JOXBK5OU51HOBFMG
    Media URN:
    VLVA3TU70AIO0JOXBK5OU51HOBFMG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/09/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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