Police used tear gas to disperse groups of anti-Government demonstrators in Santiago on Friday (27 October) - latest in a series of disturbances in the Chilean capital.
GV Building TILT DOWN to demonstrators preparing to burn leaflets
CU PULL BACK TO GV Demonstrators burn leaflets (3 shots)
GV Demonstrators run as riot police move in (4 shots)
GV Police disperse demonstrators with tear gas (4 shots)
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Background: Police used tear gas to disperse groups of anti-Government demonstrators in Santiago on Friday (27 October) - latest in a series of disturbances in the Chilean capital.
Student demonstrators set fire to piles of leaflets in the street, but ran when carabineros (para-military police) moved in with tear gas and batons.
A strike supported by businessmen, shopkeepers, teachers, lawyers and doctors has crippled Chile's commerce. I is seen as the most serious challenge to the Marxist-Socialist Government of President Salvador Allende, since it came to power two years ago.
In latest moves, President Allende announced on saturday (28 October) that he had broken off discussions with a syndicate of businessmen organising the strike because, he said, they had made unacceptable political demands.
President Allende also freed Chile's 155 radio stations from a compulsory link-up with the state broadcasting network after an Appeals Court judge ruled that the action was unconstitutional. Bans were also lifted on 16 radio stations which had disobeyed the compulsory link-up and broadcast material critical of the Government.