The streets of Santiago, Chile's capital, are full of the usual Christmas decorations and the shops full of brightly-coloured goods, but the prices are so high, few can afford to buy many Christmas gifts.
SV Moneda Palace
SV Decorated arch with slogan
SV Nativity scene (Peace to all men on earth) (2 shots)
SV Decorations, ZOOM OUT TO street (2 shots)
SVs Sign for discount store
SV People looking in shop windows
SV Goods in window
SV People looking at clothes in store (2 shots)
SV People walking along street and looking at shop windows (5 shots)
SV People in street with shopping bags (2 shots)
GV Military Academy
Pinochet entering room and stands to attention
GV Army officers at attention at side of room
SV Pinochet presenting decorations of promotion
Crowds outside with soldier in foreground
SV Pinochet out of building with escort and greeted by crowd
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Background: The streets of Santiago, Chile's capital, are full of the usual Christmas decorations and the shops full of brightly-coloured goods, but the prices are so high, few can afford to buy many Christmas gifts.
Shoppers seem to be examining the goods rather than buying them. Most people have only a small amount of spending money left once they have bought essential groceries. The price of bread, sugar and milk have risen by at least 300 per cent in recent months. There have also been rumours that an eight p.m. curfew will soon be imposed, to prevent possible disturbances by left-wing groups.
General Pinochet, the leader of the military junta, went to the National Military Academy on Wednesday (19 December) to present diplomas to 43 officers, who had just qualified to join the General Staff of the Chilean Army. After the ceremony, an enthusiastic crowd greeted him.
SYNOPSIS: However, the economic situation is a major worry for the Government. One military leader recently remarked that the present time is the junta's "moment of weakness". The government will have to take some unpopular moves to achieve higher wages and increased production.
An all-round wage increase has been promised for January, but there are fears, in some circles, of a bad recession in the country's economy. On Thursday, there was an enthusiastic crowd waiting for General Pinochet, as he left the Military Academy.