A third day of national protest against Chile's military government went ahead yesterday despite an 8 p.m.
(JULY 12) (MUTE) (NBC VIA EUROVISION)
GV PAN Demonstrators with banner
GV Riot police moving in and clash with students
GV Students and riot police on different sides of street; students hurling stones at police (4 shots)
GV Police throwing stones back at students (2 shots)
GV Students throwing stones and police firing teargas (3 shots)
GV Students setting up barricade in road (5 shots)
GVs Students kicking and throwing back tear gas canisters (5 shots)
GV Mobile water cannon moving in
(JULY 11) (SOUND) (CUEVAS)
SV TILT DOWN Photographs of Christian Democrat leader, Gabriel Valdes, and others
SCU Valdes' wife, Silvia speaking (SOT)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 9): SILVIA VALDES: "I feel indignation and preoccupation for my husband's situation. I'm convinced that this is not a simple judicial measure. I'm certain that it is a well-planned political decision. I feel proud of him, I feel proud of his ideals and of the great courage he has shown. I know that democracy needs these sorts of sacrifices and we need much more in the future."
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Background: A third day of national protest against Chile's military government went ahead yesterday despite an 8 p.m. curfew imposed in Santiago and threats by President General Augusto Pinochet to crack down hard on those who took part. Chilean riot police, backed by armoured cars and water cannons, were on alert to enforce the curfew. Most residents obeyed the edict to stay off the streets, staging instead a "noise protest" by banging saucepans and pots and sounding car horn on their own premises. But shortly before the curfew came into force groups of students held street protests, and were met by riot police. In one area of the city they hurled stones at police who threw them back from the other side of the road. When the student started to set up barricades and light bonfires, the police took action, firing cannnisters of teargas and eventually moving in with water cannons. The day of protest was given added impetus by the arrest and jailing of three prominent politicians on July 10. Among them was Gabriel Valdes, president of the Christian Democrats, who is being held on charges of subversion. On July 11, Valdes' wife, Silvia, told reporters she was proud of her husband's ideals and the courage he had shown. She added that she was convinced his arrest was not a simple judicial measure. Mrs Valdes said she knew the pursuit of democracy in Chile required sacrifices and she said many more would be needed in the future.