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    In Chile, another blow to President Allende and his Government's attempts to settle the crippling transport strike.

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    In Chile, another blow to President Allende and his Government's attempts to settle the crippling transport strike. On Thursday(23 August), the Army Commander, General Carles Prats, who was appointed Minister of Defence only two weeks age, offered his resignation. General Prats - and the other Service chiefs-ere taken into the Government in an effort to end the strike, new in its fifth week.

    The strike is costing the country more than two million pounds sterling a day, and all attempts to settle it have failed. At least six people have been killed, and scares injured since the lorry owners opted to pull their 45,000 vehicles off the roads.

    On Tuesday, at least six people were wounded by gunfire in a five-hour clash between rival political groups in the capital, Santiago. Two thousands youths fought running battles in the city centre, and riot police fired round after round of tear gas as they charged the crowds with batons and water canons.

    The riot began when 300 members of an extreme right wing organisation paraded in support of the strikers. Shots were fired at the marchers - and the pitched battles began.

    SYNOPSIS: Tuesday in Santiago, the Chilean capital, and the beginning of a yet another day which was to be stained by violence and destruction
    In the early hours of the morning, a bomber struck the head-quarters of a breakaway trade union group. It is allied to the apposition Christian Democrat Party. The group from which it split supports the Government of President Salvador Allends. The bomb extensively damaged the building, but fortunately no-one was hurt. It was another incident in the wave of riots and explosions which has hit Chile during the crippling transport strike - now in its fifth week. But worst was to come.

    Three hundred young members of an extreme right-wing organisation turned out for a march in support of the striking lorry owners.

    Shots were fired at the marchers. Left-wing militants appeared on the streets and the two groups began throwing stones - and anything else they could find. The battle was on...and scores of riot police charged, firing teargas and waving batons.

    The rioting youths, by new numbering about two thousand, erected barricades and lit fires to secure their positions. Cars were overturned, and one was later set alight.

    The city centre looked like a field of war, as the rival groups fought running battles through the streets for five hours. At least six people were wounded in the gunfire. This boy fell, with a bullet wound to the head.

    At nightfall ... the youths began dispersing. But the fires still burned ... and palls of smoke and tear gas still lingered over the city.

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