(DELETED) COMMENT: REPORTS APPEARED IN THE (DELETED) PRESS ON 31 MAY 1973 THAT

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INFORMATION OF THE PRESIDENCY, ATIGHT OFAY. THE REASON GIVEN UAS THAT THEBROKEN THE FOR SECURITY OF THE STATE BYTHO MINERS HAD BEEN KILLED BY THE ARMY ININ FACT ONLY ONE HAD BEEN KILLED. THE PROVINCEIS THE CAPITAL. HAS DECLARED

AN EMERGENCY ZONE ONAY AND HAS PUT UNDER MILITARY CONTROL DUE TO THE STRIKE BY WORKERS OF THE EL TENIENTE COPPER MINES.

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2* PRESIDENT SALVADOR'alIENDE PERSONALLY ORDERED. THE CLOSURE OP TmE SANTIAGO RADIO STATION RADIO ACAICUL^aa ON THE NIGHT OPE HAS TOLO BY AN IBAL pi.-', SECRETARY GENERAL Or COVERNMENT -THAT THE STAYION mas MAKING ERRONEOUS AND INFLAMMATORY BfUlELATIVl TO THE SHOO TINS IN RANCAQUa IN NHlCH ONE PERSON HAS KILLED AND ANOTHER SERIOUSLY HOUNDED BY MEMBERS OF THE CHILEAN ARMY. ALLENDE ORDERED THE CLOSUREIGN or GOVERNMENT BACKING OF THE ARMT IN'RANCaQUA, 'ALLENDE FELTOVE HAS NECESSARY SINCE HE HAD RECENTLYe QUEST BY ACTING COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE :ARNY, GENERAL AUGuSTlN PINOCHET* TO GRANT The ARmY UNRESTRICTED AUTHORITY TO RESOLVE THE STRIKE PROBLEM AFFECTING THEN ieOPPER MINE. POPULAR UNITY tUP) LEADERS. AND PARTICULARLY LUIS TENDENT OF RANCAGUAEMBERHE CHILEAN COMMUNIST PARTY (PCCH), HAD BEEN AGAINST TURNING OVER POWER MEDIATION TO THE ARMY AND CONVlNCEO ALLENDE TO TURN DOWN GENERAL PINOCHET'S REQUEST. "INSTEAD. TH'- GOVERNMENT ORCERED' PINOCHET TO ACTiftK HA NO INE. EVEN IF TH IS MEANTARD STAND-AGa'iNST SUPPORTERS OF THE GOVERNMENT,

Mfc ARMY INFORMED TmE GOVERNMENT THAT IT HAS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS AS OulCKLY AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE .ARMY HOULO NOT RETAIN CONTROL IN THE EMERGENCY ZONE FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD OF TIME UNDER THESE CONDITIONS. THE ARMY FURTHER SAID THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT COULD NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEMS, THE ARMY WOULD CONSIOER MEDIATING THE SITUATION WITHOUT GOVERNMENT CONSENT,

4, . SUPPORTERS IN RANCAGUA COMPLAINED THAT THfi STRIKING WORKERS WERE RECEIVING CONSIDERABLE FOODSTUFFS AND OTHER MATERIAL SUPPORT FROM OUTSIOE THE CITY, AND CONSEQUENTLY MERE BEING BITTER FED THAN, MINERS WHO WERE CONTINUING TO WORK. THE GOVERNMENT ASKED THE ARMY TO STOP ALL TRUCKS GOING INTO THE AREA. HOWEVER. ARMY REPRESENTATIVES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EMERGENCY ZONE REFUSED, ARGUING THAT MATERIAL SUPPORT MAS BEING RECEIVED BY THE STRIKERS FROM ALL AREAS OF CHILE AND THAT IF ATTEMPTS WERE NAOE TO STOP IT, THE DISCONTENT WOULD SIMPLY SPREAD,

3. IN ADDITION TO TH| CONFLICT IN O'KIGGINS PROVINCE, GOVERNMENT LEADERS WERE ALSO CONCERNED THAT THE WORKERS OF THE CNUQUICAMATA COPPER MINE MIGHTULL-SCALE SYMPATHY

strikeune ir the el teniente strike is not resolved prior to that date. this could lead to problems in antofagasta and catana and thrj possible declarationone of eherqenc v

this area.

government leaders would

reluctant tq taketep since thet are aware that the leading military officershis area areovern-

the government has also informedt armed members of thc movement op the revolutionary left (kir) and socialist party (ps) para-military brigades recently moved into the san pedro area of panguipulli near chillan. this move has alarmed the farmers in the area and caused the opposition forces to mobilize. the government feared that this could lead to an armed confrontation, j

7, all of the above problems led president allenoe to believe that certain incidents could leadhain reaction throughout the country andituation which thecoulo not control. allende was also concerned over the pact that he does not enjoy the same personal relationship

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