CHILE: THE JUNTA APPEARS TO HAVE THE SECURITY SITUATION WELL IN HAND

Created: 12/21/1973

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CHILEi junta appears to have the securityltuat'10'n well in hand, but it is concerned that ita opponents will attempt to refocue internatlonal attention on Chile with headline-making activity over tha holiday period.

Strict aecurlty measures remain in effect nationwide, including spot searches of travelers on tralna and buses. As part of its general strategy, tha juntahas decided that it will not negotiate witnKTOTfipers and that three prominent leftist prisoners will be executed If any kidnap victim Is killed.

Tha left, however, still la far from ready tooncerted guerrilla-terrorist campaign, but extremists probably are capable ofew speotacular oparationa. The greatest danger may come from the currentegueoze, which haa placed traditional ciiriatmaa amenities beyond the reach of many Chileans and could leaderious Increase in resentment of the government's economic policies

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