Because of the tense political situation in Chile, armed troops were much in evidence at a Children's Festival held in the large square in front of Government House, Santiago,on Sunday (26 August).
GV Guards outside and around Allende residence (3 shots)
GTV Armed guards in Constitution Plaza pan to children dancing in Square.
CU Children dancing and playing in square
GV armed guards watching as they play (2 shots)
GV Children in square
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Background: Because of the tense political situation in Chile, armed troops were much in evidence at a Children's Festival held in the large square in front of Government House, Santiago,on Sunday (26 August). The Festival had been organised by President Allende's Government, and the President had been expected to put in an appearance. He did not arrive however - no doubt because of the crisis he was facing in trying to form a new all-civilian cabinet after the withdrawal of his military nominees.
About five thousand children and parents took part in the Festival, and the armoured cars and machines guns on the edge of the Square were largely ignored. The need for such precautions in Chile's present political climate, had been emphasised earlier in the day, when police arrested Roberto Thieme on the outskirts of Santiago. Thieme is the leader of the Neo-fascist "Fatherland and Freedom" movement, which is believed to have been responsible for much of the violence accompanying the present lorry owners strike.
Since the strike began a month ago, there have been nearly six hundred incidents of sabotage and terrorism, including dynamite attacks on roads, power lines and other public property.