• Short Summary

    The Chilean government allowed journalists to inspect the conditions of thousands of political prisoners held in the national football stadium in Santiago, on saturday (22nd September).

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    The Chilean government allowed journalists to inspect the conditions of thousands of political prisoners held in the national football stadium in Santiago, on saturday (22nd September). The prisoners had been rounded ??? in the strict political crackdown following the overthrow of President Salvador Allende.

    About a thousand prisoners were standing in the sun on the terraces. The prison commander, Colonel Jorge Espinosa, said that many of them were away on trial in military courts or being interrogated elsewhere in the stadium. Some more prisoners were frog-marched in during the inspection. Others were having hair-cuts, since long hair is taken as a sign of allegiance to the socialist cause. Journalists were kept from questioning the prisoners about conditions, but members of the Red Cross sampled their lunch and described it as 'very good, but little'. Outside the stadium relatives and friends waited gloomily for news.

    The exact number of prisoners in the stadium is not clear. General Leigh, a member of the four man junta, said that 7,000 were kept there, but Colonel Espinosa put the number nearer 4,000.

    Meanwhile, the relentless house to house searches and the burning of left-wing literature continue. The junta has received the official recognition of the United States, but also discovered that most of its grain seed supply has been poisoned.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA4XQF7OGNUIODUWTT72B0M351
    Media URN:
    VLVAA4XQF7OGNUIODUWTT72B0M351
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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