While police in Santiago, Chile, hunted the men who on Tuesday shot and killed former Vice President and Interior Minister Senor Edmundo Perez Zujovic, his body lay in rest in Santiago's Sacred Heart Church.
While police in Santiago, Chile, hunted the men who on Tuesday shot and killed former Vice President and Interior Minister Senor Edmundo Perez Zujovic, his body lay in rest in Santiago's Sacred Heart Church. Visnews cameraman Oscar Gomez shot these scenes of the church procession and police activity on Wednesday and despatched the film on the last aircraft out of santiago before the authorities suspended international flights.
Senor Zujovic, 59, was machine-gunned from two cars as he was driving with his thirty year-old daughter, Tomas de Angelina Perez Llona, through a Santiago residential suburb. His daughter was unhurt, and drove him to a local hospital. He was dead on arrival.
Senor Zujovic was Chile's vice President, Interior Minister and Economics Minister between 1965 and 1967. He served in the Government of former Christian Democrat President Eduardo Frei, succeeded last November by President Salvador Allende.
President Allende declared a state of emergency in Santiago shortly after the killing. Police Chief Eduardo Paredes has said the killing was carried out by a group of left wing extremists. He has named their leader as Riviera Calderon. On Thursday (10 June), a man twice evaded capture by Santiago police, the first time under gunfire. Police later said that they were close on the heels of the assassins, and predicted positive results "shortly".
SYNOPSIS: The body of fifty nine year old Senor Edmundo Perez Zujovic, former Chilean Vice President and Minister of Interior machine gunned by assassins in Santiago on Tuesday, was on Wednesday carried in procession to the city's Sacred Heart Church to lie i rest before the funeral. Senor Zujovic died after being fired upon from two cars as he drove through a quiet Santiago suburb.
A state of emergency was declared in Santiago by President Salvador Allende immediately after the killing. Doctor Allende told the nation in a radio broadcast that the murder was similar to the assassination last October of Army General Rene Schneider. Police set up roadblocks on all major highways out of Santiago, and international flights out of the city's airport were suspended. Police Chief Eduardo Paredes has said that the killing was carried out by a group of left wing extremists, and named their leader as a man called Riviera Calderon. On Thursday, a man twice evaded capture, the first time under gunfire. Police have predicted their hunt will shortly produce positive results.
Senor Zujovic was in a car with his thirty-year-old daughter when he was shot. She escaped injury, and drove him to a local hospital. He was dead on arrival. As Vice President, Interior Minster and Economics Minister, he held office between 1965 and 1967 in the Government of President Eduardo Frei, succeeded last November by Doctor Allende. Senor Zujovic resigned from office after twenty miners and peasants died in clashes with police. Since his death, President Allende has asked his Congress to establish capital punishment for political crimes.