In Montevideo on Sunday (5 November), supporters of the leader of one of the Colorado Party's factions, Dr.
GV Street parade - street jammed with cars. (3 shots)
SV Supporters on lorry waving.
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SV More cars with supporters go past.
GTV Crowd at rally
SCU Dr. Crottogini (man with white hair)
SV General Seregni arrives and waves to crowd. (3 shots)
SV Supporters holding up posters and applauding. (3 shots)
General Seregni to dais and GV Crowd.
GV Seregni addresses crowd.
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Background: In Montevideo on Sunday (5 November), supporters of the leader of one of the Colorado Party's factions, Dr. Batlle, who was arrested by the country's military leaders on October 27, have been taking to the streets in protest. The arrest followed a broadcast in which Dr. Batlle is alleged to have made remarks "offensive to the morale of the armed forces". Dr. Batlle, as leader of the Unity and Reform faction of the ruling party, was defeated for the Presidency a year ago. He comes from one of Uruguay's oldest and best-known families and has been attracting increasing support among the masses. Earlier in the week, on Friday (3 November) members of the Frente Amplis Party....a coalition representing all shades of left-wing opinion.... organised a public rally at which its leaders, headed by General Liber Seregni, Dr. Crottogini and Dr. Villar, sought support for a 5-point plan aimed at protecting the constitution against what they claimed was the danger of bankruptcy being inflicted by the military leadership under President Bordaberry.
SYNOPSIS: The main streets of Montevideo were jammed on Sunday by a long parade of demonstrators protesting at the arrest of Dr. Jorge Batlle, the 45-year-old leader of the ruling Colorado Party's Unity and Reform faction.
Dr. Batlle was arrested two weeks ago after a broadcast in which the country's leadership alleged he made remarks "offensive to the morale of the armed forces". A member of one of Uruguay's oldest and best-known families, Dr. Batlle has been attracting increasing support among the masses.
Demonstrating for his release, these crowds brought city traffic to a standstill.
The political crisis which President Bordaberry is now facing was deepened earlier last week, on Friday, when leaders of the Frente Amplis Party.... a coalition of all shades of left-wing opinion....sought support for a new 5-point plan. At this specially organised rally... the crowd was told the plan would protect the constitution against what the leaders claimed was the bankruptcy being inflicted by the country's military leadership.
Prominent at the rally was General Liber Seregni, who outlined the 5-point plan to the enthusiastic crowd. His solutions included the re-establishment of the rights of individuals, an end to monopolies, and the reorganisation of the police.