REPORT OF ALLENDE SAYING THAT TRUCK OWNER STRIKE MEANT TO OVERTHROW HIS GOVERNM

Created: 10/18/1972

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HE SAID THAI THE STRIKE BY THE TRUCK OWNERS HAD BEEN CALLED WITH

THE OBJECTIVE OF OVERTHROWING HIS GOVERNMENT AND THAT IT HAD BEEN

DIRECTED BY THE NATIONAL PARTYIBER TAD (PAL, AN

EXTREME RIGHT-WING ORGANIZATION) AND. EMBASSY. HE CLAIMED

THAT. EMBASSY HAS; INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE EXPERTS IN PROVOKING

COUP ATTEMPTS, AND ADDED THAT THE LEADERS OF THE ANTI-GOVERNMENT

MOVEMENT WERE USING TACTICS WHICH PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN

TOPPLING GOVERNMENTS IN INDONESIA, BRAZIL AND GUATEMALA.

CONTENDED THAT IF. GOVERNMENT WERE OVERTHROWN, CHILE WOULD

BE FACED WITH FACISM AND REPRESSION OF SUCH MAGNITUDEeB00 PERSONS COULD DIE. HE ADDED THAT ALTHOUGH HE HAD ONCE CONSIDERED RESIGNING BECAUSE OF FAILURES AND THE LACK OF UNITY IN HIS COALITION. HE WOULD NOT OUITESULT OF THE PRESENT PROBLEMS AND COULD ONLY BE REMOUED AS PRESIDENT BY HIS DEATH.

PRESIDENT ADMITTED THAT THE SELECTION OF TRUCKCOMMENCE THE STRIXEOOD MANEUVER BECAUSEN THAT UNION. THE FIRM STANCE RY THE CONFEDERATIONAMPLE EVIDENCE THAT THE OPPOSITION SELECTED ITS COufiSE WISELY.

THE PRESIDENT ALSO. WEAKNESS IN THE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. ALLENDE ALSO REFERRED TO THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY AYING THAT IT HAD ALLIED ITSELF WITH THE PN IN THIS CRISIS. HE ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT THIS WOULD ONLY HELP THE PN AND HURT THE PDC, FOR THE LATTER WILL SEE ITS STRENGTH ERODED BY THE APPARENT CONTRADICTIONS.

THEN TURNED TO THE TACTICS WHICH. TO RESOLVE THE CRISIS.

A. HE SAID HE DID NOT. MEMBERS OR THE YOUTH IN THE STREETS BECAUSE THIS COULD LEAD TO CONFRONTATIONS ANDBLOOD BATH." IT VAS FOR THISE SAID, THAT HE HAD ORDERED THE

SOCIALIST PARTY (PS) YOUTH WHO HAD BEEN DEMONSTRATING IN SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES. HE CLAIMED THAT IHE OPPOSITION, FOR PROPAGANDA PURPOSES, VAS HOPING THAT ONE OF ITS LEADERS WOULD BE KILLED.

PRESIDENT SAID THAT HE WANTS THE MEMBERS OF THECONFEDERATION (CUT) TO REMAIN WORKING AND TO DEFEND IF AN OVNER ATTEMPTS TOACTORY, THETHE WORKERS SHOULD TAKE IT OVER, BOTH TO KEEP PRODUCTIONTO HELP ADVANCE SOCIALISM.

WORKERS IN THE STATE-CONTROt LED BANKS VOTE TO. SUPPORTERS WITHIN THOSE INSTITUTIONSWORKING BUT NOT MOLEST THE STRIKERS.

PRESIDENT SAID THE GOVERNMENT VOULD INITIATE AAGAINST THE DAILY NEVSPAPER "EL MERCURIO" ANDNEWSPAPERS WHICH WERE CONSIDERED TO HAVE BEENGOVERNMENT, HE SAID, INTENDS TOTRONG STAND ONANO WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CLOSE DOWN THESE NEWSPAPERS.

| ALLENDE SAID THAT WHEN THE TIME COMES, THE WORKERS SHOULD SUPPORT THE POLICE AND MILITARY IN REOPENIM3 THE LARGE STORES IN SANTIAGO. HE ADDED THAT THE STORE OWNERS MUST BE MADE

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TO UNDER STAND THAT THEIR BUSINESSES WILL BE TAKEN OVER. IF THEY MUST BE REOPENED BY FORCE.

4. FINALLY, ALLENDE COMMENTED ON THE DAMAGE WHICH HAD BEEN CAUSED BY DYNAMITING OF CHILEAN RAIL LINES, CLAIMING THAT THE SABOTAGE HAD BEEN WELL DONE. THE PRESIDENT EMPHASIZED THE FACT. NEWSPAPER HAD REPORTED THE INCIDENT AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME IT OCCURRED. HE SAID HE HAD INSTRUCTED THE CHILEAN AMBASSADOR IN THE UNITED STATES TO DETERMINE HOW AND FROM WHOM THE NEWSPAPER OBTAINED ITS INFORMATION. IF IT APPEARSEPORTER KNEW OF THE DYNAMITING IN ADVANCE, THE PRESIDENT STATED HE WOULD ORDER THE CORRESPONDENT OUT OF THE COUNTRY ANDOFFICE HE REPRESENTS

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