The World: The Coup: The View from the Carrera

From Santiago, TIME Correspondent Charles Eisendrath sent these vignettes of life in the midst of a revolution:

The Carrera-Sheraton Hotel, which overlooks the Presidential Palace, is a bulky brown 17-story building with what at least one travel brochure optimistically describes as "tastefully decorated rooms." At the height of the fighting on Tuesday, Carrera Manager Luis Miguel ("Mike") Gallegos−upon whose thin breast every one of last week's guests would like to hang a medal−evacuated his 270 charges and 200 employees to the cavernous second basement. It took on the atmosphere of a London tube stop during the blitz,...

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