The Chilean government of marxist president Salvador Allende on Sunday (15 Oct) imposed a temporary ban on private sales of petrol because of a shortage caused by a strike by road transport owners.
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Background: The Chilean government of marxist president Salvador Allende on Sunday (15 Oct) imposed a temporary ban on private sales of petrol because of a shortage caused by a strike by road transport owners.
A government spokesman said the measure was necessary to ensure maintenance of essential supplies.
The strike, a major challenge to the two-year-old government of President Allende, has also led to a growing shortage of food and other essentials in Chile's major cities.
Motorists and housewives had been stocking up on petrol and foodstuffs in case they ran out.
SYNOPSIS: Shuttered shops in the streets of Santiago, Chile, where a strike by road transport owners has caused a shortage of essential supplies.
By Saturday, seventeen of Chile's twenty-five provinces were under military control and troops were in the streets, helping to maintain law and order and to supervise the sale of supplies such as petrol.
The strike was joined by many shop keepers after the arrest of more than a thousand truck drivers and owner drivers. The government also threatened to take action against the shop keepers...warning those of foreign origin they could be expelled. On Saturday, bus and taxi owners were trying to mediate. On Sunday, the authorities imposed a temporary ban on the sale of petrol to private motorists because of the strike. A government spokesman said the measure was necessary to maintain essential supplies. The action by the road transport men, and the subsequent support of the shop keepers, is seen as a major challenge to the government of President Allende, who came to power two years ago.