May Day was celebrated by workers in many countries of the world, and in Latin America demonstrators called for civil rights, lower inflation and higher pay.
GV: Workers parading in streets of La Paz and SV marchers. (2 shots)
SV: Bolivian women marching.
SV: Men playing traditional pipe instruments
GV: Revolution Square in Managua, Nicaragua, with large crowd chanting and waving fists.
SV: Members of ruling junta on stage
GV: Red Cross team carrying patient on stretcher
LV ZOOM OUT: Armed soldier on building TO Crowds chanting
SV: Members of the junta watch from stage
GV: Crowds with portraits of Kark Marx and Lenin
GV: Street in San Salvador, El Salvador, with crowd carrying banners and red flags. (2 shots)
GV: Crowds arriving at rally
SV ZOOM OUT: Woman in shanty house TO crowd in square chanting
GV: Crowd running from rally
TGV: Crowd in street in Bogota, Colombia. (2 shots)
TV: Large crowd with banners. (3 shots)
GV: Troops blocking street
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Background: May Day was celebrated by workers in many countries of the world, and in Latin America demonstrators called for civil rights, lower inflation and higher pay. The march in La Paz, Bolivia, was one of the biggest May day celebrations held in the city in recent years.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Bolivian workers, peasants and students marched towards San Francisco Square in La Paz. Their calls for democracy and warnings against dictatorship followed a recent statement by the Bolivian armed forces. The Military had said a coup d'etat could be necessary to prevent the take-over of the country by what they termed foreign-sponsored anti-national groups.
The music and the marching were uninterrupted by incidents.
There was a triumphant celebration in Revolution Square in Managua Nicaragua. But the Sandinista government is facing difficulties nine months after the overthrow of President Anastasio Somoza (July 1979). Members of the Sandinista Directorate reviewed the parade.
Recent resignations from the Junta of National Reconstruction, amid accusations of dictatorship and ideological intolerance, have shaken the coalition government, and May Day was an opportunity to demonstrate unity.
El Salvador's ruling military civilian junta has also been threatened by recent resignations and May Day marchers voiced the issues related to the unrest in the country. Many expressed concern about widespread rumours that there had been an attempted military coup. Government spokesman said no coup attempt had been made.
Economic problems, and the plight of the poor, remain unsolved while the government tries to control widespread political violence, but a scare that caused people to run from the demonstration turned out to be a false alarm.
Colombia's four main workers unions organised the May Day march in Bogota. An estimated 25-thousand people took part.
The banners called for unity among the workers and they proposed a general strike in support of their grievances.
Marchers shouted slogans and complained about the cost of living. Opposition to the government of President Julio Cesar Turbay was recently highlighted when the M-19 group took hostages at an embassy reception and at first demanded the release of about 300 prisoners. The siege ended peacefully, and the May Day demonstrations also ended without the intervention of the army or police.