WESTERN HEMISPHERE BRIEF - CHILE: THE JUNTA BELIEVES THAT IT IS FINDING ADDITIO

Created: 9/17/1973

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HILE! THE JUNTA BELIEVES THAT IT IS FINDING ADDITIONAL JUSTIFICATION FOR HAVINS OUSTED THE ALLENSE GOVERNMENT ONEPTEMBER AND FOR NOT RETURNING THE COUNTRY TO THEFOR SOME TIME. .

THERE IS INCREASING EVIDENCE TO BUTTRESS THE JUNTA'S CLAIM THAT IT HAS UNCOVERED EVIDENCE THAT EXTREME LEFTISTS PLANNED TOUMBER OF ARMED FORCES LEADERS THIS MONTH. OFFICERS CONSIDERERY OF GUERRILLA CAMPS AND ARMS CACHES IN SANTIAGO AND SOUTHERN PROVINCES AS FURTHER PROOF THAT CHILEAN* CUBAN* AND OTHER LATIN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARIES HERE PREPARING TO "ELIMINATE THE ARMEDR08ABLY IN RETALIATION FOR 'RECENT' MILITARY;RAIDS ON LEFTIST STRONGHOLDS SUCH AS BARRICADED

Factories. ;sone voung officers*

ARE URGING THAT FORMER ARMY CHIEF PRATS* WHO HAS ALLOWED TO GO TO ARGENTINA* BE COURTHARTIALED FOR HAVING PERMITTED THE FORMATION g> 5TR0NULI AM IE II "PEOPLE'3 ARMY-".

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ARMED ATTACKS ON MILITARY INSTALLATIONS IN VALPARAISO AND

SANTIAGO AND THE ACTIVITIES OP LEFTISTS USING ARMY AND POLICE

UNIFORMS AND VEHICLES HILL AID THE JUNTA'S PLANS TO PROPAGANDIZE

ITS CASE BEFORE CHILE AND THE WORLD.

JUNTA PRESIDENT GENERAL PINOCHET'S CLAIM THAT FEWER THAN

HILEANS HAVE DIED IN THE VIOLENCE IS UNLIKELY TO BE CREDITED!

ROUGH ESTIMATES BY INFORMED SOURCES* INCLUDING JUNTA OFFICIALS*

ARE THAT AT0 PEOPLE HAD BEEN KILLED BYEPTEMBER.

THE ARMED FORCES HAVE BEEN SURPRISED AT THE FIERCE RESISTANCE IN

THE CROWDED SANTIAGO SLUMS AND HAVE POSTPONED AIR AND ARTILLERY

;ATTACKS FOR FEAR OF KILLING WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO ARE AMONG THE

THOUSANDS HOLED UP THERE. ONE CLEARING OPERATION WAS MOUNTED

YESTERDAY MORNING* BUT IT IS STILL NOT CERTAIN THAT THE MILITARY

IS IN!COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE AREA.

, CLAIMS OF THE CLANDESTINE LEFTIST RADIO STATIONS THAT MANY

MARXIST LEADERS* INCLUDING AILING NOBEL POET PABLO NERUDA*

EXECUTED ARE EXAGGERATED. THE JUNTA IS BACKING UP ITS INCREASINGLY

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HARP; ABW-nARUIST LINE, HOWEVER- bTTH EXTENSIVE ARRESTS-.OP ARMED RESISTERS, AND PLANS FOR EXECUTION,OR EXILE, OF KEY ALLENDE'

! THE MLITARY GOVERNMENT IS ANNOYED UITH THE STANCE OFDEMOCRATIC PARTYESPITE THE PARTY'S MILDSUPPORT FOR THE JUNTA. THE PDC HAS TAKEN SHARP EXCEPTION-DISSOLUTION Of CONGRESS. MHERE IT HADLARGESTAND ONE OF ITS LEFTIST LEADERS UNSUCCESSFULLY PETITIONEDOF!THE[NORMAL LEGAL; RIGHTS OF DETAINED FORMER BRAZILIAN ;GvVERNt1ENTIS SATISFIED THAT THE JUNTA

IS TAKING THE'ADVICE OF CONSERVATIVE NON-PARTISAN CIVILIANS-< THE JUNTATS BRISK MOVES 'IN ADMINISTRATIVEj AND ECONOMIC MATTERS SHOULD SOON VHELp; TO BRINGHEl'SEHBLANCE OF NORMALITY THAT THE; ARMED FORCES klANT. THEJ COORDINATION TEAM THAT AGENT SOURCES NOW REVEAL HAS SET UP IN THE DEFENSE MINISTRY.INPPARENTLY MADE EXTENSIVE PLANS BEYOND THE COUP ITSO>. r-'

MANY OF THE HOST DEEPLY RESENTED' AGRICULTURAL ANDPOLICIES OF THE ALLENDE ADMINISTRATION ARE BEING flUICKLY SMir

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REVERSED- IF THE SUBSTITUTIONS AND OUTSIDE AID ALREADYEFFECTIVE IN EASING URGENT SHORTAGES AND OTHER

ECONOMIC DISLOCATIONS* THE JUNTA MILL BE ACCEPTED IF NOT ACCLAIMED BY THE LARGE CHILEAN MIDDLE CLASS THAT HAD BEEN TAKING THE BRUNT OF THE SflUEEZE. THIS COULD INCLUDE THE LABOR ELITES* SUCH AS THE COPPER WORKERS* BUT THE LOWEST PAID WORKERS WHO UNDER ALLENDE FARED BETTER THAN EVER IN THEIR HISTORY MAY RESPOND TO LEFTIST UR6INGS TO OPPOSE THE NEW GOVERNMENT-

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