LATIN AMERICA BRIEF - CHILE: IMPACT OF PAPAL VISIT

Created: 4/8/1987

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POPE'S BALANCED SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRACY AMD K

OP'HUWK RIGHTS ABUSES ANO POLITICAL VIOLEUCE DURING

VISIT TO CHI LI WILL BENEFIT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND POLITICAL MODERATES, WILL FURTHER ISOLATE THE FAR LEFT, ANO MAY HARROW PRESIDENT PINOCHET'S MANEUVER ING ROOH.

NUMEROUS DISRUPTIONS

PREClrUIAIi.il HI IHl rlUllIONS GREETED THETHE CROWDS AT EACH OF THE PONTIFF'SWERE ESPECIALLY RESPONSIVE TO HIS SUPPORT FORAMD GREATER POLITICAL FREEDOM, DEFENSE OF THETO THE POOR. ANO REJECTION OF VIOLENCE.

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tNTtRVlNTlC* IN POUTlCS AMD DEIENOEO HIS TREATMENTHI DPPOSITION--CAHI ACROSS TO THI PUBLIC AS SMAIL MIMED WHIN CO-WHRIO WITH THI PONTIFF'S COwCILIATOOr APPIUS.

THE PROVOCATIONS THAT MARKED THI VISIT WERE CONDEMNED BT THE CHURCH. THI COVIRNMNT. AND All MAJOR POLITICAL GROUPS. INCIUOING

THI TAR LirT POLITICAL COALITION IT HEADS. TH| INSTIGATORS OF THE HOST SERIOUS INCiOIHTS

PRO-CUBAN MOVEMENTHE

REVOLUTIONARY LIFT.

CO-WI-Ti THE CHURCH GAINED THE HOST FROM TV* VISITEMONSTRATING IT COULD ORGANIZE AH INTENSIVE SCH'.OULE ANO MANAGE THI HUGE CROWDS AND BY ORAHATiZIHG ITS COMMITMENT TC SOCIAL REFORM ANO POLITICAL FRIIOOH. THE FAR LIFTHARP SETBACK LARGIL* BECAUSE OF POPULAR REPUDIATION of THE VIOLENCE DURING THIWHICH HOST CHILIANS Will BLAME ON THI COMMON)STS--AND THI POPI'SOF MAR1IST lOEOlOCY. AND IT HAT BECOME EVEN NOR! ISOLATEO

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THI HOOCRATI OPPOSITION PROBABLY EXPECTS TO CAPITALIZE ON"ISSAGI TO PUSH AHEAD WITH ITS CAMPAIGN FOR FRIEunion MlART OFFICERS AND BUSINESS LEADERS. MOVED BTPLIA FOR RICOHCILIATIOM. HAT BECOME MORI RESPONSIVE TOWHIC* COUiO UMiT PimoChIT'S MANEUVERINGMB.

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