The former Chilean President, Eduardo Frei, has condemned plans for a plebiscite to be held on 11 September.
GV EXTERIOR Street scene in santiago, Chile.
CU PULL BACK TO SV OF Badge and delegate.
SV PAN Riot police at door of theatre. (4 SHOTS)
GV PAN INTERIOR Delegates inside theatre at rally.
Former Chilean President Eduardo Frei arriving and being showered with ticket tape. (3 SHOTS)
GV, LVs & SCU Frei on rostrum and speaking. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: The former Chilean President, Eduardo Frei, has condemned plans for a plebiscite to be held on 11 September. Mr. Frei urged the Chilean military authorities to set up a transitional civilian-military government as an alternative. He said that the plebiscite was aimed at keeping the present government in power for many more years.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Frei made his comments at a rally of his supporters called to denounce President Augusto Pinochet's proposed new constitution. The remarks were seen as the strongest public attack on the armed forces since the military takeover in Chile seven years ago. More than 6000 people arrived at a Santiago theatre to take part in the rally. Thousands of others barred by police from entering the hall, took part in a noisy demonstration against General Pinochet in the streets.
Mr. Frei leads the Christian Democrat party, which was the most powerful party in Chile before General Pinochet coup. The rally had government consent as all but approved political activities are banned. Under the military government's plan, Chileans will vote on whether they agree on the new constitution. If they do, General Pinochet will automatically stay in power until 1989. After that the ruling military junta will choose a candidate to rule the country for another eight years and Chileans will vote again on whether they agree with the army's choice.
But attacking the plans, Mr. Frei called for a civilian-military government of transition to prepare Chile for a return to democracy within three years. He said that under the military proposal the Chilean people would be deprived of their civil rights.