LATIN AMERICA BRIEF - CHILE: MOUNTING OPPOSITION TO GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWN

Created: 11/20/1984

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//CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP FRESNOASTORAL LETTER STRONGLY CONDEMNING THE STATE OF SIEGE AND* PRO'EP ON 23

CHURCH^OFFICIAlS. MEANWHILE. OPPOSITION CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC LEADERSLUM RECENTLY RAIDED BY GOVERNMENT TROOPS TO ENCOURAGE SUPPORT FOR ANT1REGIME DEMONSTRATIONS ONNOOVEMBER. THE TERRORIST ARM Of THE CHILEAN COMMUNIST PARTY REPORTEDLY IS PREPARING TO STEP UP ACTIVITIES BY DISTRIBUTING HOMEMADE GRENADES IN SANTIAGO.//

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COMMENT: THE PASTORAL LETTER WILL FURTHER DAMAGE THE CHURCH'S RELATIONS WITH THE PINOCHET REGIME. AS WILL THE GROWING DISTANCE BETWEEN THE ARCHBISHOP AND JARPA-THE GOVERNMENT'S LEADING MODERATE. THE GOVERNMENT SO FAR HAS ACTED PRIMARILY AGAINST SUSPECTED LEFTIST AGITATORS. BUT THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS RISK PROVOKING PINOCHET IF THEY TOO OBVIOUSLY ORGANIZEEGIME PROTESTS. AN INCREASE IN TERRORIST VIOLFNCF WOULD CAUSE THE GOVERNMENT TO PROLONG THE STATE OF SIEGE.

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