In Chile, President Salvader Allende continues to seek a solution to a transport strike which is costing the country million of pounds.
In Chile, President Salvader Allende continues to seek a solution to a transport strike which is costing the country million of pounds. The strike is into its fourth week, and is estimated to be costing Chile about two and a half million pounds a day. It's also causing food and other shortages.
The leader of the Transport Ministry and his Under Secretary have both resigned, after failing to find a solution.
Private lorry owners pulled their trucks off the roads because they said the Government had not fulfilled its pledges to deliver spare parts and to increase tariffs. The lorry owners, who deliver more than 70 per cent of food, fuel and other supplies in Chile, complained of official attempts to break their private industry and build up a state-run haulage system.
On Saturday (August 17) President Allende was given support in a demonstration near his offices in Santiago. About three thousand demonstrators, most of them young, took to the streets around the President's offices in the Casa Moneda Palace. They walked through the streets shouting slogans and finally stood outside the Palace calling for President Allende.