NID - CHILE: MOUNTING OPPOSITION TO GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWN

Created: 11/19/1984

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Mounting Opposition lo Government Crackdown

Cathonc Archbishop Fresno' yesterdayastoral letter strongly condemning the state ot siege and urgingo' prayer onovember I

is irKreaslngfy^disenchanrtrcnfflTP'Ta'pa^Snonas criticized church officials. Meanwhile, opposr-ron Christian Democratic leadersecently raided by government troops to encourage support lor antlregime demonstrations onndovember The terrorist arm ol the Chilean Communist Party reportedly is preparing to step up acllvilles by disVibutlng homemade grenades in Santiago aaessjjjjj

Comment: The pastoral letter wW further damage the church's relations with the Pinochet regime, as will the growing distance between the Archbishop and Jarpagovernment's leading moderate The government so tar hes acted primarily against suspected leftist agitators, bul the Christian Democrats risk provoking Pinochet if they too obviously organize sntiregime protests. Anm terroristgovernment to prolong Ihe state ot siege. |

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