CHILE: Inflation of Violence

At exactly 10 o'clock each night Santiago's middle-class housewives emerge from their homes armed with empty pots and ladles. For 15 minutes they set up a metallic din that can be heard for blocks around—their way of protesting steadily worsening food shortages. Some mornings, people gather outside the Bernardo O'Higgins Military School and pelt cadets with wheat and rice, amid shouts of "Gallinas, gallinas!" (chickens, chickens), a gibe at the army's staunch refusal to oust President Salvador Allende Gossens.

After almost two years in power —the anniversary will be on Nov. 3...

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