National Geographic : 1973 Oct
Dissent takes its toll as political demonstrations, both for and against the government, become almost a way of life for residents of Santiago. A young girl weeps (left), victim of tear gas in a street demonstration. Protest flared into crisis in Octo ber 1972, when truckers barricaded the capital, angered by reports the government intended to bring their jobs under state control. Other middle-class Chileans joined in a work stoppage, and the city's supplies dwindled. Motorists (right) push their cars to one of the last pumps in town that has gasoline. Violence erupted when a radio station, ignoring gov ernment edicts, broadcast critical speeches. Cheering crowds pour into the streets while troops (below) run a gantlet of demonstrators' fires to restore order. Police silenced the station by cutting off its electricity.