The Chilean government of General Augusto Pinochet has begun new efforts to win international approval and to counter the many claims that human rights are extensively with-held in Chile.
The Chilean government of General Augusto Pinochet has begun new efforts to win international approval and to counter the many claims that human rights are extensively with-held in Chile. After international protests the laws banning strikes in essential industries are being reviewed,. and the Chilean Foreign Minister Mr. Hernan Cubillos Sallato is on a European tour seeking to re-establish normal diplomatic relations with several countries. One visit he made was to Spain, while demonstrations continued over human rights issues in Italy.
SYNOPSIS: In Rome, a popular Chilean singer Ines Carnona is among a group on hunger strike over the fate of hundreds of missing persons in Chile.
These six hunger strikers are relatives of some of the missing. Similar strikes were held in churches in Chile, and in the Danish Embassy in Santiego. They say the Chilean Government has not responded to their demands for the bodies of their relatives killed since the coup which overthrew the Marxist President Salvador Allende.
Beside the Chilean flag hang pictures of some of the missing. There have been frequent and persistent appeals to the Chilean Government for a thorough investigation of at least six hundred and fifty-one cases of people reported missing since the military took power. These protesters are concerned about their relatives who are reported to have been killed and their bodies concealed in a disused lime kiln. Their remains were found after a man spoke to a priest in a confessional.
The issue of the exiled Chileans was brought loudly to the attention of Foreign Minister Hernan Cubillos Sallato when he arrived in Madrid. While he held a news conference, about two hundred demonstrators chanted anti government slogans.
Chilean exiles began a hunger strike which they planned to continue until the Minister to continue until the Minister left. Inside, the journalists heard Mr. Cubillos say that political exiles would be welcome back provided they did not attempt to interfere with the country's recovery. He said a new democratic constitution would ensure human rights, and economic improvement would raise living standards.