Chile: Frei v. FRAP

It was billed as a "general strike"-a major protest against the moderate government of Chilean President Eduardo Frei. But when it came off last week, it proved a dud. Only 35,000 workers stayed away from their jobs, and the climactic "rally" in Santiago's Plaza Artesanos drew a skimpy crowd. Miners in helmets and packs marched listlessly to a drum and bugle corps; a few busloads of young girls chanted: "If the government continues like this, we will cut off its nose." Not even chunky Communist Councilwoman Mireya Baltra, berating the "imperialists" between...

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