Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in central Santiago tonight to protest against the military's planned plebiscite on Thursday.
Various shots demonstrators shouting anti-govt slogans in central Santiago, sudden scattering as water is thrown on them from above, demonstrators shout at perpetrators, various further shots demonstrators shouting 'if somoza went why hasn't pinochet gone to?' and other slogans, shot of wounded demonstrator being put into ambulance, ambulance leaves, shot of arrested demonstrator being taken away by police officer comes up to camera and puts hand over lens.
(it was extremely difficult to get more police shots they were in a dangerous mode and did not like having a light thrown on them.)
Good coverage given cameraman's problems. Other stronger material available for service so libraried.
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Background: Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in central Santiago tonight to protest against the military's planned plebiscite on Thursday. Large groups of mainly young people roamed through the streets, often taunting riot police who at times charged them with batons. Filming was prohibited and police used force against cameramen warning them to leave. A number of demonstrators were wounded - this one by blows to the face and head by a police truncheon according to demonstrators. A number of evening shoppers who sympathised with the demonstrators also joined in the anti-government slogans.
A 'yes' vote for a new constitution which institutionalises the military grip on the country is widely expected in the compulsory plebiscite.