Film just out of Chile, taken at the time of the military coup last Tuesday (11 September), shows extensive fighting around the Presidential Palace, and Dr.
GV PAN OVER Presidential Palace under attack.
SV PAN from cameraman to tanks moving towards palace.
GV Palace on fire (6 shots)
GV Tanks along road accompanied by armoured personnel carrier (2 shots)
GTV Tanks with troops running towards palace (2 shots)
GV Smoke and flames rising from palace with tanks outside (2 shots).
SV ZOOM OUT from window of palace ZOOM IN to wrecked window and back down to troops at doorway.
SV Troops carrying body (said to be Allende) out of palace.
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POOR QUALITY: OFFICIAL GOVT FOOTAGE OF CHILEAN CORP
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Background: Film just out of Chile, taken at the time of the military coup last Tuesday (11 September), shows extensive fighting around the Presidential Palace, and Dr. Allende's body being removed by troops.
For the first time since the fighting began, residents of Santiago have been allowed out on the streets, although the badly damaged central area of the city remains a restricted zone as troops and police begin carrying away the dead.
Casualties appear to be high, although the country's new rulers have given no official figures yet. The Chilean Embassy in Mexico has said that thousands died.
Only scattered firing could be heard on the streets of Santiago on Friday (15 September) and there was no confirmation that former army commander Carlos Prats was marching with workers and soldiers on the capital to try and overthrow the new military government.
Meanwhile in New York the Security Council will meet on Monday to discuss a Cuban complaint against the new Chilean Government. Cuba has complained that Chilean armed forces attacked the Cuban Embassy in Santiago and gravely wounded one of its diplomate. It also alleged that Chilean planes and naval forces had fired at a Cuban freighter in international waters.
SYNOPSIS: The Presidential Palace in Santiago on Tuesday. president Allende was inside while rebel tanks and troops surrounded the palace and gave the President a deadline to surrender. The deadline passed and the Air Force began bombing the palace. The bombing was very accurate. Much of the palace was destroyed.
After several hours of bombing raids the tanks, troops and armoured personnel carriers that had been surrounding the palace moved in. Allende supporters in and around the palace continued to fire at the advancing troops.
The Military music was added by the Chilean television station that put out this film.
Although the new military Government has given no official casualty figures, the Chilean Embassy in Mexico has said that thousand died in the fighting.
Resistance to the take-over has continued for several days, although the streets of Santiago are now reported quiet apart from the occasional around of snipers.
There was no confirmation of rumours that former army commander General Carlos Prats was marching with soldiers and workers on the capital to try and overthrow the military Government. After four days in power the military look like they have secured their position -- especially since the major opposition Christian Democratic Party has come out in favour of the coup.
According to the new Government, Dr. Allende shot himself with a sub-machine gun, and was quietly buried the next day. And this according to the Chilen television station is the body of Dr. Allende.