The leaders of Chile's copper workers union have appeared (May 23) before a magistrate investigating charges brought by the nation's military regime following a day of protest organized by the union on May 11.
GV PAN Union members marching through streets to courthouse. (3 shots)
CU Copper workers union leader PULL BACK TO workers at meeting. (2 shots)
SV Leader with colleagues.
GV TILT DOWN TO Members in hall.
SV Unions' leaders going into judge's chambers.
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Background: The leaders of Chile's copper workers union have appeared (May 23) before a magistrate investigating charges brought by the nation's military regime following a day of protest organized by the union on May 11. The magistrate must decide, after questioning 10 officials arraigned, whether there is enough evidence against them to stand trial on charges under Chile's internal security laws. By May 24, the court had completed questioning all but one of the organizers of the anti-government protests, the union's president, Rodolfo Seguel. The May 11 protests drew support from Chile's middle class causing President Augusto Pinochet to launch some conciliatory measures. At a meeting with pro-government union leaders on May 23, President Pinochet, lifted a ban a radio station accused of inciting violence on May 11. After the talks, union leaders revealed that the Chilean leader intended looking at whether the case against the copper workers should be dropped. Unionists have warned that more anti-government protests were inevitable should the copper workers union officials go to jail.