AS the plebiscite campaign in Chile enters its final stages, there are indications that General Pinochet could be defeated at the poll at which he is the only candidate on October 5.
Each weekday evening, about 70 per cent of the population tune into television broadcasts urging the electorate to vote No to the General. If there is a Yes majority, Pinochet will rule until 1997, but if he loses he must call full elections within a year.
The nightly broadcasts have become national talking-points in Chile over the last two weeks. They are the first antigovernment programmes which have been aired since Pinochet seized power in 1973.
The broadcasts include performances by previously banned musicians and criticisms of the government's human rights' record.
There have also been clips of riot police clubbing demonstrators while a commentator speaks of national reconciliation.