• Short Summary

    Tens of thousands of opponents of Chile's Marxist President Salvador Allende took to the streets of Santiago in a huge demonstration demanding the end of what they called the "Communist yolk".

  • Description

    Tens of thousands of opponents of Chile's Marxist President Salvador Allende took to the streets of Santiago in a huge demonstration demanding the end of what they called the "Communist yolk". Heading the torchlight march were the leaders of the four main opposition parties - primarily Radical Party leader Julio Duran and Christian Democrat Eduardo Frei, the President of Chile until 1970, when Sr. Allende became the first freely-elected Marxist President in the Western world.

    The demonstration came on the eve of the opening of the Third United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the Chilean Capital, and government sources charge that the opposition staged it in attempt to create an atmosphere of chaos to discredit President Allende's administration before the delegates from the 142 participating countries.

    The march is said to have passed off peacefully- although an estimated 50 - to - 80,000 people are said to have taken part - but heavy army and police guards took no chances, and the march was not permitted to pass near the NCTAD building or through the very centre of the city.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA95NCFGNV18NLTBJ4C8YQ7568L
    Media URN:
    VLVA95NCFGNV18NLTBJ4C8YQ7568L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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