Stringent security measures have been enforced by Chile's ruling military junta since its take-over last September.
GV Military policeman checks driver's credentials (2 shots)
SV PAN from security guard to CU visitors car number plate
SV Driver searched beside car
GV & CU Police in patrol car (2 shots)
SV Police search car (2 shots)
SV Bus passengers checked (3 shots)
SV Bus driver off
SV Man searched by police
CU Identification car in policeman's hand
SV PAN Man sweeps road
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(EDITORS PLEASE NOTE; THIS FILM IS ONE OF THE LAST TO SHOW CHILEAN MILITARY ACTIVITY. THIS WEEK, THE JUNTA BANNED THE FILMING OF MILITARY PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT)
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Background: Stringent security measures have been enforced by Chile's ruling military junta since its take-over last September. One of the measures, a midnight-to-dawn curfew, is being observed in Santiago and other major Chilean cities.
General Augusto Pinochet, the leader of the military junta, said the measures would continue in a televised speech on Sunday (20 January). He said there were still elements who "hide and wait for darkness before striking from behind."
The General also criticised "bad Chileans" who were recommending an and to what they alleged is martial law. The military leader's broadcast came less than 24 hours after the junta announced that a group of armed Marxists had attacked a military vehicle and freed two prisoners. It's believed six of the Marxists were killed in the attack.
The curfew is being rigidly enforced. Anyone who has to be outside between midnight and 5.30 in the morning must carry an identity card. Volunteer firemen and ambulancemen are among those allowed to break the ban. Four out of every five patrols are manned by the civilian police. The rest is divided among the three armed forces who are responsible for the security of government offices and other key locations.
Curfew violators are faced with overnight detention in the nearest police station and the choice of a fine of two thousand escudos (about one pound sterling or $2.50 U.S. approximately), or eight hours of community work, like sweeping streets or working in the parks. The junta has made it clear that no one should lose his job if he has to be detained. It's believed the curfew will last until the end of the year.
SYNOPSIS: Drivers stopped at road-blocks are subject to identity checks and body searches, as well as having their cars examined.
Some people, driving in to the curfew bound cities from rural areas, often seem surprised at the strict measures being taken.
The bus was allowed through because one of the passengers was pregnant. But this Chilean was not so fortunate. After his papers were checked he was detained.