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    Students joined about half a million striking workers in Uruguay this week in passive protest at military rule -- established last week when President Juan Bordaberry assumed sweeping military powers and ???

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    Students joined about half a million striking workers in Uruguay this week in passive protest at military rule -- established last week when President Juan Bordaberry assumed sweeping military powers and ???issolved parliament. His action followed increasing tension between the armed forces and parliament.

    The coup is the first in Uruguay for 31 years. The nation, which has had a long tradition of democracy, has been regarded as a model in often-troubled Latin-American politics.

    Censorship has also been imposed in one of several ???restrictive ???ecrees, but the newspaper 'Accion' beat the ban -- by closing immediately after the coup in protest.

    By Thursday (July 5) troops were patrolling the streets of Montevideo, the capital, in a massive effort by the government to get strikers back to work as the country faced critical shortages of fuel and other essential commodities. The crisis follows another one in February this year, when army and air force officers revolted against President Bordaberry, forcing him to dismiss a newly-appointed defence minister not to their liking. Since then, the armed forces have had an increasing influence in government affairs.

    SYNOPSIS: University students in Uruguay joined about half a million striking workers in passive protest at the establishment of military rule there last week in a coup led by President Juan Bordaberry. It was the first coup in Uruguay, which has been a model of Latin American democracy, for thirty-one years. The crisis followed an earlier one, in February, when army and air force officers revolted against President Bordaberry -- forcing him to dismiss a newly-appointed defence minister not to their liking. Since then, the armed forces have had an increasing influence in government -- leading to tension between the army and parliament and culminating in last week's coup and the dissolution of congress.

    New censorship has been imposed in one of a series of restrictive decrees -- but the newspaper 'Accion' beat the decree by closing in protest immediately after the coup. By late this week, meanwhile, there was a severe shortage of fuel and other essential commodities, caused by the general strike, and the government was using troops in a massive effort to get strikers back to work.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9F96LCWEGERN1PE7S6TTQZHJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9F96LCWEGERN1PE7S6TTQZHJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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