The Chilean government allowed journalists to inspect the conditions of thousands of political prisoners held in the national football stadium in Santiago, on saturday (22nd September).
SV Interior stadium zoom into group of prisoners on terraces
MV Prisoners under escort, as soldier tries to cover camera lens
MV Prisoners on terrace
MVs Prisoners having haircut (2 shots)
CU Soldier picked up packet and gives it to prisoner
SV Entrance to stadium Pant to waiting relatives and friends talking to soldier (2 shots)
MV Pan Journalists with soldiers in arena keeping them away from prisoners
WV Three armed soldiers on terrace
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Background: The Chilean government allowed journalists to inspect the conditions of thousands of political prisoners held in the national football stadium in Santiago, on saturday (22nd September). The prisoners had been rounded ??? in the strict political crackdown following the overthrow of President Salvador Allende.
About a thousand prisoners were standing in the sun on the terraces. The prison commander, Colonel Jorge Espinosa, said that many of them were away on trial in military courts or being interrogated elsewhere in the stadium. Some more prisoners were frog-marched in during the inspection. Others were having hair-cuts, since long hair is taken as a sign of allegiance to the socialist cause. Journalists were kept from questioning the prisoners about conditions, but members of the Red Cross sampled their lunch and described it as 'very good, but little'. Outside the stadium relatives and friends waited gloomily for news.
The exact number of prisoners in the stadium is not clear. General Leigh, a member of the four man junta, said that 7,000 were kept there, but Colonel Espinosa put the number nearer 4,000.
Meanwhile, the relentless house to house searches and the burning of left-wing literature continue. The junta has received the official recognition of the United States, but also discovered that most of its grain seed supply has been poisoned.