INTRODUCTION: Exiled Chilean Communist Party leader Luis Corvalan arrived in Italy on Wednesday (23 February) for a 10 days visit.
INTRODUCTION: Exiled Chilean Communist Party leader Luis Corvalan arrived in Italy on Wednesday (23 February) for a 10 days visit. The visit included a major political rally in Rome on Friday (25 February). Senor Corvalan, who had been in jail in Chile since 1973, was exchanged last December for Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, currently in the United States.
SYNOPSIS: Senor Corvalan and his wife were given a warm welcome after their arrival at Rome airport. They were met by a delegation of leading members of the Italian Communist Party, who are playing host to the Corvalans during their stay.
This was Senor Corvalan's first visit outside the Soviet Union since he arrived there last December. During his stay, he is expected to meet leaders of most of Italy's major political parties, and will also travel throughout the country.
He told reporters that he had full hope of "the eventual victory of the people of Chile". He flew straight to the Soviet Union after his exchange, which took place on neutral Swiss territory. The U.S.S.R. had led a massive propaganda campaign for his release.