Thousands of angry, striking miners clashed with riot police on a highway about 50 miles (80 kms) from Santiago on Friday (15 June).
SV Marchers with flags towards camera
LV Marchers with banners walk along road
GV Marchers on road - sign 'Santiago'
GV Marchers stand along roadside as traffic passes
GV & TV Marchers group as progress blocked by military vehicles
SV PAN demonstrators at road block (theirs) others mill around armed with clubs
SV Bulldozer PAN to GV objects along road
SV Military police clamber down hill PAN TO LV armoured vehicles move forward together with bulldozers
LV Armed police firing towards burning objects
GV & TV demonstrators riot in Santiago streets PAN to police sheltering in buildings
LV & TV demonstrators pelting police (2 shots)
GV & TV Burning building PAN ZOOM IN demonstrators crowding road and running (2 shots)
SV Demonstrators running from police vehicle (water-cannon)
LV Official vehicle along rubble strewn road away from demonstrators
SV & GV Police disperse rioters (2 shots)
Initials ES. 3.40 ES. 4.04
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Background: Thousands of angry, striking miners clashed with riot police on a highway about 50 miles (80 kms) from Santiago on Friday (15 June). The miners were marching on the capital city in force when they were confronted by armed police and armoured vehicles set on preventing them from entering the city. Fighting broke out, vehicles were fired, road blocks burned, shots exchanged, but the determined marchers managed to overcome the blocks and detoured, eventually reaching Santiago.
The 59-day strike at the giant El Tenients mine has forced Chile to suspend its vital copper exports and has bettered Marxist president Salvador Allende's Government, according to observers.
In a nationwide broadcast recently, Interior Minister Gerardo Espinoza said the Government were prepared to listen to the strikers demands but would not tolerate violence.
When the determined miners reached Santiago rioting broke out less than 300-yards (metres) from the Presidential Palace. Police used teargas and water cannon to control the violence. One man was reported killed and 64 injured.
Strike leaders have since met with President Allende and have described the talks as "positive". They gave no details.