Two alleged Chilean left-wing extremists are now in a Chilean jail, after their attempt to seek political asylum in the Canadian Embassy was frustrated on Tuesday (27 November).
GV PAN: Journalists and police cars outside Canadian Embassy in Santiago (2 shots)
SV: Reinaldo Mallea Alvarez and Gustavo Cornejo seated in small car inside closed Embassy gates
SV: Policemen and police cars outside gates. (2 shots)
LV: Two Asylum seekers walk forward and speak with journalists through the gate. (2 shots)
CU AND SV: Mr Mallea watching while Mr Cornejo talks with journalists. (2 shots)
SV: Police and journalists outside gates while spectators watch. (2 shots)
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Background: Two alleged Chilean left-wing extremists are now in a Chilean jail, after their attempt to seek political asylum in the Canadian Embassy was frustrated on Tuesday (27 November).
SYNOPSIS: The two armed men had driven into the Canadian Embassy courtyard and informed Embassy officials they were seeking political asylum.
One of the men, Reinaldo Mallea Alvarez a member of the Leftist Revolutionary Movement, which was banned along with all Marxist parties in 1973 said he was leaving the movement and wanted to emigrate from the country. He entered the Embassy along with Gustavo Cornejo, another alleged left-wing extremist.
Both men claimed to have applied for and been refused visas to Canada. Mr Mallea told reporters that since the military coup in 1973 when he was jailed for political activities, he had been unable to find a job and was pursued by security police.
The two men were reported to be wanted by the police in connection with an unsuccessful assault on a supermarket on Saturday (24 November) in which a policeman was killed. Both said they were sorry about the death of the policeman, but added they had made a pact to kill themselves if they were not granted political asylum.
After twelve hours, Canadian Ambassador Glen Buick said he was letting the police in to detain them.