PINOCHOT'S DISPLEASURE WITH CATHOLIC CHURCH PRONOUNCEMENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Created: 4/29/1974

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! CHILEi Junta presidentdispleasureCatholic Church pronouncement on human rights could redound against the Christian Democratic Party.

The blshopa' declaration, "Reconstruction inssued ofleriod of increasing tension between the church and the junta. Pinochet ffJBBBBSBBjejjjli, angry with Cardinal Raul Bilva, the head ort/Te^Wrch! in Chile, but still wants to avoid an open break between his regime and the church. The junta Presidentblames the. Christian Democratic Party, particularly former preeident Frel, for the bone of the declaration. Ultraconservative civilian advisers of the junta who oppose the party may be pushing this line, and the party's radiocould bo the first to fael the junta'a wrath. The station, which recently was hitix-day suspension, has refused to heed warnings on "political" commentariea and haa carried extensive excerpts from the declaration.

Relations batween the junta and the Christian Democrats have beenteady downhill slide,roup of army ganerala who would like to curbrvative civilian influence cn theBBaaBaWaaBBBBBl' have met with ChristianreiaTTTavT^profesaad to be ,working behind the scenes to bringramatic increese in the party's role in the government.

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Plans of this nature would be aet back severely if the party is blamed for the biehop'aharp government, move against the perty wouldrive it oloaer to outright oppoeltion to thea situation that would deprive the juntaoten-tlal source of much ectlve popular support.

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