Chile: Reaching a Dangerous Point

As Pinochet fumbles, a faltering economy provokes violence

It was a daring show of defiance, but as 600 workers and students paraded through downtown Santiago in an illegal protest last week, the 200 uniformed policemen lounging on the sidelines made no move to stop them. Suddenly, from within the crowd of protesters, agitators lashed out, clubbing and punching the marchers. Angry demonstrators retaliated, hurling rocks at the police. Within an hour, the rioting spread throughout the center of the city. It took two hours for the police, equipped with tear gas and truncheons,...

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