Chile: Street Fight

Pinochet-withstands a protest

Armed with homemade Molotov cocktails, guns, wooden sticks, nails and even arrows, slumdwellers near Santiago prepared for clashes with police. Some Chileans turned their homes into hospitals, bracing for severe government reprisals. Doctors and nurses stood ready to attend the injured.

As the people prepared, so did the government. It imposed a 48-hour curfew to limit street demonstrations. Ironically, the curfew made Chile's 24-hour general strike last week far more effective than widespread street rioting would have been. Fed up with the ten-year-old regime of General Augusto Pinochet, thousands of Chileans kept their children home from school to protest...

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