Chile's ruling military junta celebrated the second anniversary of the bloody overthrow and death of Marxist President Salvador Allende on Wednesday (11 September) with a slight relaxation of the virtual martial law that has been in force for nearly two years.
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Background: Chile's ruling military junta celebrated the second anniversary of the bloody overthrow and death of Marxist President Salvador Allende on Wednesday (11 September) with a slight relaxation of the virtual martial law that has been in force for nearly two years.
Few visible reminders of the coup remain -- the official Santiago residence of President Allende that was the scene of heavy fighting, is now an old peoples home.
It had bo be partly rebuilt after the battles of September 1973 in which President Allende died. But the President wasn't in his home -- he was at the Presidential palace at the end when troops stormed the building where members to the Government were making a final stand.
Meanwhile opponents of the junta claim that repression by the Junta continues. From Argentina on Wednesday leading members of the opposition claimed that arrests, torture and executions go on.
The Junta is also under pressure from political groups and some governments around the would. But the Junta in turn has pointed out that it hasn't barred visiting journalists and observers anxious to investigate the claims of oppression.
And reports from Chile say that the most pressing problem in the minds of the population is not the junta's firmness with political opponents but inflation and high unemployment.
The Junta claims that its austerity policy -- which is blamed for the very high unemployment -- is vital if Chile is to control inflation and attract investment. Some observers suggest that the economic position will start to improve by the end of the year with modest credits granted by the authorities.
Much of the blame for the situation is placed with the late President Allende and his marxist dominated policies. But this in turn is strongly denied by those supported him.
The junta is also under fire from some unexpected quarters -- including the self- acknowledged ultra-right-wing-business leader Pablo Rodiguez who led the "Fatherland and Freedom Movement" against President Allende.
He's declared the social cost of the junta polices are too high and he's warned of social disintegration, sacking and hunger. Now in Chile, say reports, there are swarms unemployment climbing to 600,000 out of a total work force of only three and a half million.