Re: [sixties-l] Value of street demos

From: William M Mandel (
Date: Mon Aug 07 2000 - 20:59:41 CUT

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    The trouble is, Stew, that he was defeated in the streets, too, with pots-and-pans
    demonstrations by middle class housewives, ordinary truckers and others, rallied
    to protest economic difficulties caused, in part, by the Kissinger-led policies to
    weaken and overthrow him. It was that mood of opposition which made it possible
    for Pinochet's military murder-and-torture squads to take over without being
    stymied by a general strike or even guerrilla resistance, for which Chile is
    geographically ideal.
         This is not to disagree with you but to flesh out a very complex situation.

    William Mandel wrote:

    > I visited Chile in the early '70's. Allende was in power. A true Socialist
    > president elected and backed up in the streets. It was the crowning moment
    > for electoral politics and democratric socialism. It was a very brief moment.
    > Stew Albert

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