Chile: Show of Force

Pinochet quashes a protest

Not in almost a decade had residents of Santiago seen anything like the show of government firepower mounted throughout their city last week. At dawn, long lines of green-and-brown troop-transport trucks began rolling along the Chilean capital's suburban avenues. Soldiers took up positions at traffic circles, machine guns at the ready. Armored cars growled to a halt at the edge of the slum areas in the southern part of the city. Along the dusty streets that honeycomb the shantytowns, rifle-toting soldiers were stationed every 100 yards. Meanwhile, helicopters clattered noisily overhead.

Thus did the regime of Augusto...

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