President Salvador Allende insisted on Saturday (21 October) that the eleven-day-old "bosses strike" in Chile had failed in its aim to paralyse the country.
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Background: President Salvador Allende insisted on Saturday (21 October) that the eleven-day-old "bosses strike" in Chile had failed in its aim to paralyse the country.
He told a news in Santiago that 95 per cent of the work force had remained in their jobs. He said no major industry or public service had been stopped.
President Allende went on to warn that any attempt at what he called a "fascist putsch" would be resisted violently.
President Allende showed reporters dozens of metal spikes which he said had been scattered on roads by dissident elements to puncture tyros. The laying of spikes is the latest in a series of minor sabotage actions, mainly against railways.
Santiago and other cities are under curfew and 21 of Chile's 25 provinces, comprising 90 per cent of the population of ten million, are under martial law.
The strike began on October 11 when lorry owners pulled their vehicles off the road in protest against a plan by the Government to set up a state-run transport system in southern Chile. Since then shopkeepers, doctors, lawyers and large numbers of teachers have joined the strike, which was also supported by the pilots of Lan-Chile who held a 48-hour stoppage on October 20-21.
The strike is seen by correspondents as he most serious challenge to the Marxist-Socialist Government led by President Allende si???ce he was elected two years ago.