Several thousand students and workers joined in a mass rally in Santiago on Thursday(21 June) in support of the Marxist Allende regime.
GV Crowds demonstrating
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Background: Several thousand students and workers joined in a mass rally in Santiago on Thursday(21 June) in support of the Marxist Allende regime.
The 24-hour strike was called by the General Worker's Union. Its leaders asked everyone to organise marches, which, ended in a ass rally outside the Presidential Palace.
While the Government urged everyone to join in marches, the Opposition party urged everyone to stay at home, thereby avoiding incidents with Government supporters organising the marches.
The marches were orderly, and as requested, they ended outside the Palace. The official estimate of people involved in the demonstration was 750,000.
SYNOPSIS: The Chilean Government and its apposition battled against each other on Thursday to see which could keep most people away from work. The Government urged as many people as possible to join a march in support of the Marxist Allende Regime, and the Opposition urged everybody to stay at home and ignore the call to march.
But seven-hundred and fifty thousand Allende supporters turned out to join the march. It was noise but orderly. Factories, offices and shops closed too, so it was hard to say which side won. The huge march ended in a rally outside the Presidential Palace.