REPORT ON SMALL ANTI-GOV STUDENT DEMONSTRATIONS CONFRONTED WITH LIBERAL AMOUNTS

Created: 12/2/1971

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SMALL GROUPS OP STUDENTS CONDUCTED MINOR DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA OP SANTIAGO, DESPITE THE DECREE BY THE CHILEAN GOVERNMENTTATE OF EMERGENCY' EARLIER IN THE DAY OF pjDECEM-BER. CARABINEROS (NATIONAL POLICE) USED LIBERAL AMOUNTS OF TEAR GAS TO DISPERSE THE STUDENTS, WHO GATHERED' AT SEVERAL STREET INTERSECTIONS AT DIFFERENT TIMES IN THE AFTERNOON TO SHOUT ANTI-GOVERNMENT, ANTI-CUBAN SLOGANS. )

IHE STUDENT DEMONSTRATORS WERE MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION OF SECONDARY STUDENTS WHO ARE AFFILIATED WITH :THE CHRISTIAN

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDC). THE DECISION TO HOLD FLASH DEMONSTRATIONS

JR-DOVNTOVR SANTIAGO WAS MORE OR LESS SPONTANEOUS, BUT THE OBJECTIVE

OF THE STUDENTS VAS TO SHOW THEIR CAPABILITY TO TIE UP SEVERAL INTERSECTIONSPECIFIC AREA. THERE VERE FOUR GROUPS OF STUDENTS ENGAGED IN THIS ACTIVITY

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; THE POSITION OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHILE (PCCH) AS OFWAS THAT THE POPULAR UNITYOVERN--MENT FORCES SHOULD WITHDRAW FROM THE STREEI CONFRONTATIONSHEELPERIOOOF CALM IN SANTIAGO. THE PCCH WANTS THE PARTIES' OF. TO RETURN TO THEIRONAL FORM OF STRUGGLE THROUGH THE MASS ORGANIZATIONS IN WHICH THEY

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EVER, THE PCCH IS AWARE THAT ITS SENTIMENTS IN THIS REGARD ARE NOT SHARED BY IHE SOCIALIST PARTYHOSE LEADERS BELIEVE THAT THE OPPOSITICN PARTIES SHOULD BE MET AND CONFRONTED WHENEVER THEY TAXE TO THE STREETS. WHILE THE PCCH IS NOT AWARE OF THE POSITION OF THE MOVEMENT OF THE REVOLUTIONARY LEFTHE PARIY ASSUMES THE MIR WILL FAVOR THE PS POSITION. THE LEADERS OF. ARE SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT SALVADOR

THREE PERSONS VERE SHOT DURING THE VIOLENT INCIDENTS IN SANTIAGO WHICH ERUPTED II THE AFTERMATH OF THE PROTEST MARCH BY CHILEAN WOMEN. ONE OF THE THREE, WHO WAS SHOT IN THE NECK,IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION AND MAY NOT LIVE. THE ONLY PERSONS WHO VERE SEEN USING FIREARMS WERE MEMBERS OF THE PCCH'SPARR A'BRIGADE CBRP).

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IN ADDITIONTCnjSTNS" LIVE AMMUNITION VCTAL-BRP^HEMBERS"WERE USING*-FIREARMS LOADED VZTH BLANK CARTRIDGES. THIS VAS USEDEVICE TO CAUSE PANIC AMONG IHE WOMEN MARCHERS AND TO'ATTEMPT IOTAMPEDE. IBRP* MEMBERS FIRED ON OCCASION SO CLOSE TO THE DEMONSTRATORS THAT THE LATTER RECEIVED POWDER BURNS. TEN CARABINERO OFFICIALS/WERE ALSOALTHOUGH NONE WHERE SHOT. ONE OF THE WOUNDED IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION, BUT HE IS EXPECTEDE.

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