Ninety percent of the people in the "We Shall Win" (Venceremos) shantytown outside Santiago support the Presidential candidacy of Marxist senator Dr.
Ninety percent of the people in the "We Shall Win" (Venceremos) shantytown outside Santiago support the Presidential candidacy of Marxist senator Dr. Salvador Allende.
Many similar communities have been springing up around the nation's capital. Made up of property-less families, they are self-governed along Marxist lines. It is the support of people like the squatters which may make Dr. Allende Chile's next President after the September 4 elections.
Dr. Allende has said that if elected he would immediately recognise the People's Republic of China, Cuba, North Korea and North Vietnam. He says that aid to North Vietnam would be limited to moral support and that he has no intention of sending them Chile's "boy scouts and missionaries."
If elected, he has plans to nationalize U.S. copper holdings in Chile but refuses to discuss if and how much compensation would be paid.
Allende claims that he will allow the functioning of political democracy to continue should he become the world's first freely-elected Marxist President. According to him, the Chilean people could vote the Marxists out of power in a subsequent election, something that has not yet happened in the history of Marxism. Dr. Allende claims his party will win because they understand the problems of the people and the responsibility of the government to deal with those problems.
It is a sign of the times, he says, that if Eidel Castro held elections tomorrow, he would be elected.
But even if Allende does win the election, he may never occupy the Presidential Palace. There is speculation that Chile's armed forces would not permit Allende victory, although traditionally the army does not get involved in politics. Allende admits he has heard these rumours but denies he believes them. On the other hand, he has said his supporters will fight before allowing themselves to be cheated out of victory.