WESTERN HEMISPHERE BRIEF ESTRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT AND THE

Created: 7/19/1974

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Ii the estrangement between the rilxtary government and the

christian democratic party and could drive the party into

"outright opposition.

press OrPICE released tho letters exchanged between the former

interior minister and the leader of the party^

//early last month the government ordered what XT

considered offensive programming to be removed from the major

station of the christian democrats' radio NCTHOKK. party

president aylwintrongly worded letter of protest to

then interior minister bonillaesult of this directive

bonilla replied! in kind* bluntly reprimanding aylwin for engaging

is conduct inappropriatc for the leaderrecessed"

politicalhe tone of. his response may have been stimulated

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'by bonilladesire to regain favor with the militaryi some op -whom had been critical of his performance as interior ministerhad accused* mir of being overly sympathetic toward the 'christian khocrats

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( hy THC government press OfflCE chose to hake both

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STIR UP TROUBLE BETWEEN THE ARMED FORCES AND THE CHRISTIAN THE PARTY NOW IS AWAITING THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSEECONO LETTER IT SENT BONILLA. IT ANTICIPATES REPLYING TO THIS RESPONSE WITH YETONE TO BE SIGNED BY ALL FORMER CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATICWILL PROBABLY INCLUDE BROAD CRITICISM OP THC GOVERNMENT'S POLICIES.j

//THE GOVERNMENT'S NEXT MOVE MAY TAKE THE FORMROM GENERAL CESAR BENAVIDES* THE NEW INTERIOR MINISTER. BONILLA ' WAS MOVED TO THE DEFENSE MINISTRY DURING THE CABINET SHAKE-UP

THIS MONTH. IN CONTRAST TO HIS PREDECESSOR* BENAVIDES IS KNOWNTRICT DISCIPLINARIAN WHO HAS NO SPECIAL TICS TO THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS.

//RELATIONS BETWEEN THE PARTY AND THE GOVERNMENT HAVE APPROACHED THE BRINK BEFORE* BUT UP TO NOW NEITHER SIDE HAS WANTED TO RISK AN OPEN BREAK. THIS TIME* HOWEVER* THC DISPUTC APPEARS TO HAVE TAKENOMENTUM OF ITS OWN* AND BOTH SIDES

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