REPORT ON STRIKE AND COMMENTS THAT GOC MADE A MISTAKE IN LETTING THE PUBLIC KNO

Created: 10/16/1972

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I.' HOST] OF THE LARGER COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS AND MANY OF THE SMALLER ONES IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA OF SANTIAGO OPENED FOR BUSINESS ONCTOBER. ALTHOUGH THERE AREARGE NUMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESSES CLOSED' IN SOME SECTORS OF THE CITY. GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS WERE SIGHTED IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA THE MORNING OFCTOBER|"APPARENTLY. ATTEMPTING TO CONVINCE THE STORE OWNERS TO IHE IS SHOPS. WKm^mWmWf

HE NATIONAL PARTY <PN> WAS NOT IN FAVOR OF THE STRIKE, WHICH WAS PROVOKED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR, BUT IT HAS HAD TO SUPPORT IT FOR POLITICAL REASONS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO, ALTHOUGH THE PN

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DIRECTORATE EELIEVES THAT THE PRINCIPAL MOTIVE POR THE STRIKE, THE DOWNFALL OF THE GOVERNMENT, IS NOT FOUNDED IN ANY REALISTIC PLAN. THE

THUS FAR, THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE ONLY ONE SERIOUSLLOWING THE RADIO STATIONS TO REINITIATE REGULAR BROADCASTING. THE PUBLIC WAS LARGELY UN INFORMED ABOUT WHAT WAS OCCURING ON THE STRIKE UNTIL NATIONAL RADIO HOOK-UP WAS LIFTED. IF THIS HAD BEEN CONTINUED, THE GOVERNMENT COULD PROBABLY HAVE BROKEN THE STRIKEAY OR TWO BY PLAYING ONE ELEMENT AGAINST ANOTHER. IF THECONTINUES TO MAKE FEW MISTAKES IH THIS CRISIS, IT COULD COHE OUT OF THIS SITUATION MUCH STRONGER THAN BEFORE.

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STATIONS WERE OBLIGATED TO TIE-IN TO THE NATIONAL RADIO HOOK-UP THE EVENING OFCTOBER. 'AS0 HOURS ON IS OCTOBER THE RADIO HOOK-UP VASN EFFECT

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T APPROXIMATELY Hie HOURS SHALL GROUPS OFr-

DEMONSTRATORS BEGAN/MARCH THROUGH THE DOVNTOVN AREA NEAR THE

PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. THEY WERE DISPERSED BY CAHA8INEROS (NATIONAL

ATER TRUCKS.

OME .OF THE COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH OPENED THE MORNING OF CTOBER CLOSED THEIR DOORS UPON INITIATION or THE DEMONSTRATIONS. IF THE DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE, IT IS LIKELY THAT HOST OF THE PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENTS WILL SHUT DOWN.)

HE COOPERATIVE FARM WORKERS WERE SUPPOSED TO DECLAREON ACCORDING TC "LA PRE NSA"

OF CTOBER THE TRIUNFO CAHPESINO FEDERATION WILLTRIKE EFFECTIVE HE FEDERATION OF BUS DRIVERS IS TOLENUM ONCTOBER AND IS" EXPECTED TO JOIN THE GENERAL STRIKE. THE PN HAS COUNSELED THE MEDICAL DOCTORS, WHO WANT TOTRIKE OFCTOBER, TO WAIT UNTILCTOBER. THE FEELING OF PN LEADERS ISTRIKE COULD BE AN EXTREMELY POTENT PRESSURE POINT OH THE GOVERNMENT AND IT WOULD BEAIT UNTIL THE CAMPESINOS AND BUS DRIVERS HAVE ACTED.

6. AT APPROXIMATELYC5HE OFFICE OF INFORMATION OF THE PRESIDENCY (OIR) ANNOUNCED OVER THE NATIONAL RADIO HOOK-UP THAT STUDENTS OF THE STATE TECHINICAL UNIVERSITY (UTEL)WOULD DISTRIBUTE MEAT AND RICE AT THE HAPOCHO STATION IN SANTIAGO. OTHER STUDENTS WOULD DISTRIBUTE MILK, AND THE PROVINCIAL BRIGADE OF THE CHILEAN LABOR CONFEDERATION (CUT) WOULD PASS OUT POTATOES AND OTHER FOOD.

THE OIR ANNOUNCER ALSO SAID THAT THETT OF SANTIAGO HAD MADE

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A TRIP THROUGH IHE CAPITAL CITY THE MORNING OF IS OCTOBER AND FOUND THAT ALL OF THE STORES SELLING FOOD WERE OPEN AND THAT THE MAJORITY OF OTHER COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS WERE OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

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