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    The last hours of the Government of Dr. Salvador Allende, which fell to ??? military

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    The last hours of the Government of Dr. Salvador Allende, which fell to ??? military
    coup d'etat on Tuesday, 11 September, 1973, have been chronicled in an on-the-spot film record by Visnews cameramen Ariel Onetto, in Santiago. Onetto, who was dispatched to
    Chile some weeks before to cover the rising tension between the West's first
    freely-elected Marxist Administration and right-wing and military opponents, had
    a dangerously close view of the upheavals. His hotel room overlooked the burning
    Presidential Palace, La Moneda, and he witnessed the heavy attacks directed at
    the building from tanks, jets and helicopters. At one stage, he was forced to
    seek refuge on the floor as bullets spattered the walls around him. After the
    coup, Onetto was able to capture the residue of tension in the streets of the
    capital, where sporadic clashes between Allende supporters and the Army
    continued to break out for almost a week.

    Life in Santiago is now reported to be returning to normal, with shops reopening
    and some public transport running. Chile's new President, Army General Gustavo
    Pinochet, has said that less then 100 people died during the takeover; some
    unofficial estimates put the death toll at 20,000. The new Government says it
    then detained, 4,000 people during the week since the coup.

    Dr. Allende himself ??? said by the Army to have committed suicide on ???n upper
    storey of the Palace, ??? before it was taken by troops. When newsmen were
    admitted to La Mone??? the new Interior Minister, Army General Oscar Benilla,
    they found demo???tion crews clearing away the wreckage. All that remained of
    the building was its shell; its masonry was scattered about the streets of the
    City centre.

    As soon as the Armed Forces were confirmed in power, they imposed strict
    censorship for several days on all newsmen. The only film of the events allowed
    to leave the country was a Government-approved reel, shot by a Chilean TV
    station, which reached the outside world in poor technical quality. Onetto's
    dramatic record, therefore, is the first independent colour-film account of the
    military takeover in Chile.

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