As Chilean troops continued their massive drive against left-wing resisters of the military Junta, journalists were allowed to visit the late President Allende's private residence in Santiago, the capital, on Friday (September 20th).
GV and CU Allende's country residence (2 shots)
GV Troops outside residence in garden.
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SV Barred windows and walls with bullet damage (3 shots)
SV interior Allende and wife portrait on wall.
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SV Sing Campo Minado (bodyguard's camp)
SV Soldiers with guns by river.
GV River and small military buildings nearby (3 shots)
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SV Soldier training by crossing ravine with rope.
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Background: As Chilean troops continued their massive drive against left-wing resisters of the military Junta, journalists were allowed to visit the late President Allende's private residence in Santiago, the capital, on Friday (September 20th).
The villa, in Tomas Moro Street, in the Bario Alto district, came under attack at the same time as the presidential palace, La Moneda, where President Allende died on September 11th. Dr. Allende spent his last night at the villa, and drove to LA Moneda early in the morning of the bloody coup.
Reporters described the villa as elegant but not overgrand -- the sort of house many upper and upper middle class Latin Americans live in. President Allende surrounded himself with exquisite paintings, fine furniture and books. Reporters found pictures and photographs lying on the floor or piled up against the walls. There were prints of Ho Chi Minh, the late North Vietnamese leader, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, President ???s Echeverria of Mexico, and Dr. Allende's grandchildren. Upstairs most of the furniture had been upturned, drawers emptied, and the contents strewn across the floor. Clothes still hung in cupboards. A swimming pool had been built in the terraced garden, and in its muddied waters, reporters found a toy yacht and a stuffed crocodile.
Chilean newspapers listed the contents of the Allende household, and expressed indignation at what they called the "Oriental luxury" in which the President lived. They said the President of a poor country should not have a tiled swimming pool in his house.
A corps of private bodyguards, known as el Groupo de Amigos Personales, the Group of personal Friends, also lived in houses close to the villa. Some of the body guards were reported to be with President Allende at La Moneda in his last hours, as the military leaders launched their attack on the palace. Some of them died.