A strike by owners of private transport, which has taken 45,000 vehicles off he roads, entered its twenty third day in Chile on Friday (17 August) and brought severe shortages of feed and other essentials.
GV EXT Ministry of Public Works and Transport
SV Lorry owners walking out of meeting
SCU Juan Jara speaking to press
SV Crowds around gateway into compound (5 shots)
GV People crowding onto buses (2 shots)
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SCU ZOOM ON TO GV Women demonstrators on steps of building and banners
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Background: A strike by owners of private transport, which has taken 45,000 vehicles off he roads, entered its twenty third day in Chile on Friday (17 August) and brought severe shortages of feed and other essentials. The following day a government spokesman announced that troops had commandeered 2,550 lorries and buses, after a final order to return to work had been ignored.
Talks with the Government have always foundered on President Allendo's refusal to accede to the transport-owners demand that Transport Ministry Under-Secretary Jaima Faivevich should be dismissed. After the breakdown of talks, the President of the National Transport Federation, Juan Jara, called on other groups of professional, business and working people to strike in solidarity.
Transport owners have been barricading lorry compounds after troops surrounded some of them. 27 military commissioners have been appointed by President Allende to end the strike.
The strike has been described by the Government as 'purely political' and intended to damage Marxist President Allende's Socialist Government. The President has constantly said that he will use force to end the strike.