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300,000 Uruguayans press for a return to democracy

More than 300,000 Uruguayans - about 10 percent of this country's population - Sunday demonstrated for a return to democracy. Opposition political leaders who organized the rally described it as the biggest protest against the military since they seized power in a coup here 10 years ago. Military leaders have promised to hold elections next year.

The government-authorized demonstration was organized by three political parties that are officially recognized and supported by banned trade unions and illegal left-wing parties.

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