There are growing fears in Chile that a vote approving the new constitution on Thursday (11 September) will lead to further repression.
GV Traffic moving past the Spanish embassy residence in Santiago, Chile.
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GV Photographer on street outside gates PAN guards outside gates.
SV Reporter talking to demonstrators behind gates with armed guard in foreground.
SCUs Demonstrators behind gates. (4 SHOTS)
SV Reporters talking to demonstrators through gates.
SV Woman and child behind gates.
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GV Demonstrators being escorted away by police officer at scene of night demonstration in Santiago.
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SV PAN Demonstrators singing in the street.
SV Police directing crowd as demonstrators chant.
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Background: There are growing fears in Chile that a vote approving the new constitution on Thursday (11 September) will lead to further repression. In recent days there have been clashes between police and demonstrators opposed to the constitution, which if approved, will give President August Pinochet at least another eight years in power.
SYNOPSIS: On Monday (8 September) twenty-five men, women and children set up camp inside the grounds of the Spanish ambassador's residence in the Chilean capital. They were the victims of a housing shortage in Santiago.
By their actions they face what is known in Chile as "relegation" -a procedure where people accused of disturbing public order can be sent into what amounts to internal exile for up to three months. They could be sent to remote regions where they face considerable difficulties searching for jobs and accommodation.
It is believed that about sixty people have been sent into internal exile. Liberal politicians are concerned that the policy marks a deterioration in the country's human rights record.
But the biggest set-back for the government's attempts the convey the impression of free debate over the constitution is the attest of more than ninety people who have opposed it. There have been sporadic demonstrations since General Pinochet announced the plebiscite on August the tenth. In this demonstration six people were reported injured and police arrested eleven others. But while the arrests have been taking place more prominent critics of the regime have been given a freer rein.
Men such as Senor Eduardo Frei, a former President, who calls for a return to democracy within tow or three years and General Gustavo Leigh, President Pinochet's former junta colleague, who has said he will vote against the constitution, have been given prominent media coverage.