A mass demonstration in support of President Allende took place in the streets of Santiago, Chile last Thursday night (March 23).
A mass demonstration in support of President Allende took place in the streets of Santiago, Chile last Thursday night (March 23). It was organised by the Communist-dominated Central Workers' Union, and had a strong anti-American flavour. Demonstrators marched through the streets shouting "Yankee No, Chile Yes"; and leaflets were distributed attacking the U.S. Anaconda Copper Mining Company, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Telephone and Telegram Corporation. This corporation has been accused by the American columnist Jack Anderson of trying to prevent Dr. Allende's accession to power in 1970.
A Communist deputy told the rally that there had been yet another plot--the third--to free the retired General Riberto Viaux Marambio from jail, but that it had been foiled. General Viaux has been named as a possible leader of a coup against President Allende.
The right-wing women's demonstration planned for the following day was called off at the last minute by the organisers. It had been banned by the authorities, but the women were indignant at the ban, after the workers' demonstration had been allowed, and at first threatened to go ahead. They called it off after expressing fears that Marxist groups would try to exploit any disturbances and then put the blame on the right-wing Opposition.
SYNOPSIS: Workers marching through the streets of Santiago, Chile, demonstrating their support for their Marxist President, Dr. Allende, and shouting anti-American slogans.
The main targets were the Central Intelligence Agency; a big American copper mining company; and the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation. The demonstrators had been told of accusations that the Corporation had tried to prevent Dr. Allende coming to power.
Dr. Allende himself was not at the rally. One of the speakers, a Communist deputy, said that a dot had been foiled to free the retired General Viaux from jail. General Viaux has been named as a possible leader of a coup against the President. The speaker said it was the third time attempts had been made to free him.