CHILE: THE GOVERNMENT THIS WEEK ISSUED A REGULATION BANNING SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES

Created: 1/24/1974

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CHILE: The government this weekegu-lation banning specific activities by the moderate and conservative political parties that it declared in "recess- after the Junta took power. The leftist parties were outlawed at that time, and their status has not been changed.

The new regulation, carrying cn the regime's effort to "depoliticize" the nation completely, defines the -recess"situation of inactivity that affects all attempts to achieve the goalsarty, without actually ending its existence." li restricts even the Christian Democrats who havewith the government.

The parties have survived three months under the original "recess- decree, but if the long list of activities specifically prohibited by the newis strictly enforced for an extended period of time, they will suffer severely. The long-range effect of the regulation will depend on whatthe parties can devise to circumvent it so as to ensure their survival, and on the length and strength of the juntu's commitment to strict enforcement.

The junta's broad disdain for politics and politicians apparently continues to outweighby the Christian Democrats that only theand other leftists skilled in the art ofactivity stand to gaintrictmoratorium. IJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ

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