Riot police clashed with Christian Democrat supporters in Santiago, on July 29 after a rally held to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Christian Democratic Party.
1. GV PAN INTERIOR Thousands of people cheer and clap in hall. 0.13
2. SVs Christian Democratic leader. Gabriel Valdez, being greeted by copperworkers' union leader, Rodolfo Seguel, and others. 0.25
3. SV Supporters sing and clap. (2 SHOTS) 0.40
4. SV Valdez seated among audience, then walk to stage, to applause. (3 SHOTS) 1.14
5. GV Audience 1.24
6. GVs Police spray crowds with water cannon after meeting, as riot police arrive. (4 SHOTS) 2.09
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Background: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Riot police clashed with Christian Democrat supporters in Santiago, on July 29 after a rally held to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Christian Democratic Party. Police with riot shields and truncheons were called in after water cannon was used to disperse the eight-thousand supporters. There were no reports of injuries or arrests. Earlier, party leader, Gabriel Valdez, paid homage to those of his countrymen whom he said had been persecuted in their struggle for freedom and justice. He added that the party backed the "people's desire" to end the military government of President General Augusto Pinoche. The rally was also told that a protest had been scheduled for next month against the "situation of misery and oppression" under military rule. The Christian Democrats were a powerful movement until the 1970's, when a Socialist win at the polls was followed by the 1973 military takeover. Before addressing his audience, Valdez, a former chancellor, was greeted by Rodolfo Seguel, leader of the big copperworkers' union. In April this year the five non-Communist opposition parties which form the Democratic Alliance, also headed by Valdez, presented to the authorities a plan aimed at restoring democracy next year. The plan was dismissed by Interior Minister Sergio Jarpa as unworkable because it tried to sidestep the 1980 constitution, which set 1989 as the target date for a return of some form of democracy.
Source: REUTERS - RAUL CUEVAS