CHILE: The Payoff

For cold, disciplined unity of purpose, Chile had never seen anything like it. There were no angry demonstrations, no mass picketing, no bloody clashes with police. But by last week, some 100,000 determined participants in inflation-ridden Chile's first "chain strike" had succeeded in scuttling a government bill ostensibly aimed at freezing wages and prices. They had also forced the resignation of President Gabriel González Videla's 1½-year-old "National Concentration" cabinet.

The crisis had begun when white-collar workers of swarthy Edgardo Maass's Chilean Federation of Private Employees (CEPCH) struck telephone and electriclight companies (TIME, Feb. 6). President González declared the strike illegal and...

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