Chile: Cracking Heads Again

A brutal display of truncheons replaces conciliation

The sit-in at Santiago's Plaza Italia was peaceful, orderly and well organized by five of the nation's leading opposition groups. All that did not prevent the government of General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte from launching one of its most vivid displays of brutality since Chileans began staging monthly "days of national protest" against the Pinochet regime four months ago. As some 3,000 demonstrators chanted, "He's going to fall, he's going to fall," riot police armed with truncheons, tear gas and water cannons fell upon the demonstrators and...

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