• Short Summary

    Lorry loads of troops moved back into the centre of Santiago, Chile, on Thursday (October 19) to support police in their action against demonstrators opposed to the Government of President Salvador Allende.

  • Description

    Lorry loads of troops moved back into the centre of Santiago, Chile, on Thursday (October 19) to support police in their action against demonstrators opposed to the Government of President Salvador Allende.

    For the fourth successive day, heavy clouds of tear gas drifted through the city's streets. The soldiers apparently took no direct action, but stood by with automatic weapons at the ready as the national police broke up groups of demonstrators.

    In one incident, police moved into a city block to stop fights between pro and anti-Allende factions. More than twenty people were arrested.

    In general, however, tensions appeared to be easing after President Allende declared his supporters had defeated a fascist conspiracy.

    The trouble in Chile began with a strike of lorry drivers as a protest against a Government plan to set up a state-run transport system in southern Chile. When the Government took tough action and arrested the lorry men's leaders and requisitioned idle vehicles, shopkeepers and other businessmen joined the walkout. On Friday, airline pilots also came out in support of the striking lorry drivers.

    The Popular Unity coalition Government has claimed that the stoppage, supported by the Christian Democrats and other Opposition parties, was planned to throw the country into chaos as the initial phase of an anti-Allende coup.

    SYNOPSIS: In Santiago, Chile, troops and police join forces to control demonstrators opposed to the left-wing Government of President Salvador Allende. The soldiers apparently took little direct action but stood by with automatic weapons as the national Police broke up the protestors. In one incident, police moved into a city building and broke up fights between pro and anti-Allende factions.

    There were sporadic outbreaks of demonstrations during the day, but on each occasion police quickly moved in and effectively broke up large groups of protestors. Where they proved difficult, police used water hoses from fire trucks.....

    President Allende described the actions as a fascist conspiracy in a national broadcast on Thursday, and insisted that the country had not been paralysed. After the broadcast, the tension in Santiago eased, but nineteen of the country's twenty-five provinces and more than three-quarters of its country's ten-million population remained under overall military control. The Opposition parties have laid the blame for the present situation in Chile squarely at the door of President Allende's Government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADRT4H9Q2GXAJOCEE004Q92BH7
    Media URN:
    VLVADRT4H9Q2GXAJOCEE004Q92BH7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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