Chileans a celebrated the 161st anniversary of their independence over the weekend (September 19-20) with a military parade and general carnival-like festivities.
Chileans a celebrated the 161st anniversary of their independence over the weekend (September 19-20) with a military parade and general carnival-like festivities. President Allende was present at the main parade in Santiago, which was watched by thousands of people, and afterwards the whole population celebrated the occasion with dances and parties. This film shows the main parade, and its martial music is continued and overlaid on the remainder of the film showing general festivities. The commentary gives a brief history of Chile.
SYNOPSIS: Chileans celebrated the one-hundred-and-sixty-first anniversary of their independence over the weekend with a big military parade in Santiago, and carnival-like festivities throughout the country. President Salvador Allende, the western world's first democratically-elected Marxist leader, was there to watch the main parade... along with his military chiefs of staff.
Chile gained its independence early in the 19th century after a struggle against the Spanish colonialists, who had ruled the country for several centuries. Despite its economic difficulties, which remain even today, it has enjoyed political stability since 1920. Chile was one of the founder members of the United Nations, and today is one of the few Latin American countries with a civilian government.
Dr. Allende was elected President in September last year, and has ordered some sweeping economic and political reforms including establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba. The future seems secure, but every year Chileans remember to celebrate their freedom from colonial rule--and it is this love of freedom which has no doubt been partly responsible for several peaceful decades.