Police and the military in Bogota, Colombia, on Thursday (19 September) apparently ignored a demonstration by several thousand workers and students, in support of the former Allende Government of Chile.
GV Crowd parading with Allende and other posters
GV and SV Demonstrators (2 shots)
GV PAN DOWN FROM Allende poster TO rally (2 shots)
SV Allende's daughter with other officials (2 shots)
SV and GV Demonstrators, seated, waving flags
GV Demonstrators gathered in square
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Background: Police and the military in Bogota, Colombia, on Thursday (19 September) apparently ignored a demonstration by several thousand workers and students, in support of the former Allende Government of Chile. Observers said the lack of activity from the authorities was another sign of the new political climate in Colombia.
The marchers carried pro-Allende banners and posters through the main streets of Bogota, ending with a rally in the city's Bolivar Square. There were reports of some clashes between opposing factions.
The rally was attended by the late President Allende's daughter, Beatriz, and Gladys Marin, Secretary of the Chilean Communist Party. Miss. Allende attacked Chile's military junta and also the role of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, which she claimed was responsible for the downfall of her father.
Colombian Communists supported her remarks. Other speakers were from the Soviet Union, North Vietnam and Cuba.
Many of the demonstrators walked as far as 155 miles (250 km) to attend the rally. Red Cross volunteers treated some on their arrival in the capital.