An estimated 20,000 people took part in a national day of protest in Montevideo on September 25 against 10 years of military rule.
GV Thousands of demonstrators march through streets. (4 SHOTS)
SV Demonstrators bang drums and chant.
SV Residents, young and old, bang pots and pans from balconies. (2 SHOTS)
SV Crowd chant.
GVs Thousands of people sing in football stadium.
GV Night scenes sound of drums banging from skyscrapers.
GV Crowds sing and chant.
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Background: An estimated 20,000 people took part in a national day of protest in Montevideo on September 25 against 10 years of military rule. The marchers chanted anti-military slogans as they crowded along the city's Main Avenue. Hours later, the protests continued into the night with demonstrators banging household pots and pans in demonstrations organised by some banned and other legalised political parties and trade unions. The peaceful protest - there was little violence - was he second in four weeks against the decision by General Gregorio Alvarez's government to ban all public political activity. Reuters quoted political observers in Uruguay as saying the demonstration was intended to persuade the military government to show great flexibility in secret talks with opposition leaders. Discontent with the government has been increasing, partly because of a 45 per cent inflation rate and 16 per cent unemployment figure. Thousands of demonstrators thronged a city football ground to listen to similar facts and figures. The country's three legalised political parties -- the Blanco, the Colorado, and the Small Civil Union -- recently balked at the proposals giving the armed forces wider powers of repression under an elected administration. A senior official of the Blanco, Eladio Fernandez Menendez, and four others were arrested in similar demonstrations on September 25. It was the second time Menendez had been arrested in two days.