CORTIJO & SANTIAGO, CHILE
Some three thousand people gathered round the tomb of Chile's last elected President, Salvador Allende, on September 11, the eleventh anniversary of his death.
CORTIJO & SANTIAGO, CHILE
1. SV PAN Crowds chanting near Allende's tomb. 0.07
2. GV & SV Demonstrators chanting and running along street. Protester spraying slogan on wall. (2 SHOTS) 0.14
3. GVs Armed police with shields confronting protesters. (2 SHOTS) 0.22
4. GVs & SVs Policeman firing petrol bombs exploding on street. Demonstrators throwing stones. (5 SHOTS) 0.48
5. GV Police charging up hill as demonstrators throw stones at vehicles. 0.58
6. GV Police with shields by vehicles. Tear gas cannister being let off. 1.08
CORTIJO (A SANTIAGO SUBURB)
7. SV PULL BACK TO GV Demonstrator holding anti-government leaflets. Protester chanting. (2 SHOTS) 1.19
8. GVs Police firing tear gas as demonstrators run away. (2 SHOTS) 1.27
9. GV Police firing from moving truck. 1.43
10. GV Night shot of police arresting demonstrator. 1.55
11. SCU Gabriel Valdes speaking. (SOT) 2.30
VALDES: (SEQ 11) "I am the chairman of the Christian Democratic Party, the biggest party in Chile. We are illegal, but we have to fight for freedom. We don't want to have a civil war. We want a civic solution for our troubles. Chile is in very bad shape in economic terms and the country is divided between the militants and the civilians. We want to have peace in Chile. the civilians have to run the country through free elections and the militias have to go back to their barracks."
NOTE TO EDITORS: VISNEWS APOLOGISES FOR THE POOR LIGHTING OF SHOT 10.
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Background: CORTIJO & SANTIAGO, CHILE
Some three thousand people gathered round the tomb of Chile's last elected President, Salvador Allende, on September 11, the eleventh anniversary of his death. The president was killed when Chile's armed forces stormed La Moneda Palace and staged a coup. As mourners laid red carnations round the Palace graveside at Vina del Mar, President August Pinochet and his junta were celebrating what they called the "national liberation of Chile" with a nationally televised military display. Crowds of government supporters lined Santiago's main avenue to greet the president as he arrived for the ceremony. But people in the poorest districts of the capital marked the eleventh anniversary with a series of anti-government demonstrations. Barricades of stones and burning tyres blocked several streets and residents said police used tear gas to try to disperse the protesters. The disturbances were widespread but less intense than protests held last week to press for a return to democracy. A year ago, leading opposition figures took part in a faltering dialogue with the government on the transition to democracy. But they now face charges under internal security laws for organising recent anti-government protests. Pinochet's junta has indicted ten opposition leaders involved in the demonstrations, including Gabriel Valdes, the president of the Christian Democratic Party. In a recent television interview with western journalists Valdes said "we have to fight for the freedom" but stressed the need to achieve it through peaceful means. Pinochet has reiterated his intention to return Chile to democratic rule after 1989. But there has been no mention of the possibility of speeding up aspects of the transition. More than eighty people have died in anti-government protests since May 1983, with each side blaming the other for the violence.
Source: REUTERS - RAUL CUEVAS