President Augusto Pinochet of Chile has been given an eight-year mandate in a plebiscite which he portrayed as a victory for democracy over Marxism.
GV Claire Wilson speaking in Spanish.
GV President Augusto Pinochet entering military school.
SV PULL BACK TO GV EXTERIOR General Pinochet saluting.
SV Child fainted being carried away.
GV Church officials and congregation as guard stands to attention. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: President Augusto Pinochet of Chile has been given an eight-year mandate in a plebiscite which he portrayed as a victory for democracy over Marxism. The Chilean people approved changes to the country's constitution which among other things will lengthen the president's stay in power. Meanwhile, at a time when relations between Britain and Chile were improving, a British national, Claire Wilson, has described in an interview her allegations of torture at the hands of Chile's security forces.
SYNOPSIS: She said the security authorities made her stand on a chair and hold on to something. Then a current went down her arm. She bent over double, temporarily lost consciousness and fell over backwards. Afterwards, she said, they put a bare wire on her stomach and threatened to give her another shock if she did not give them the answers they wanted. Later they pierced her fingernails. Wilson said he was made to stand against a wall. She heard weapons being cocked and there was a shot. She did not know what had happened.
As Chileans voted in the plebiscite, General Pinochet attended Mass at a military school in Santiago. Shortly before the first results of the referendum were known, he described the vote as a triumph for Chile over Marxism. Final, official figures showed that seven out of ten Chileans had voted in favour of the new constitution.
President Pinochet appealed to his political opponents to join him in setting up a movement of national unity. He said the aim of the new constitution was to establish democracy as a way of life in his country. He said it would prevent Marxists from infiltrating Chilean politics and would consolidate the economic achievements of his government.
The excitement of the moment proved too much for some. But for others it was not time for celebrations. Opponents of the referendum said it has been rigged and that General Pinochet was planning to stay in power for life.