A group of 60 refugees from Chile were given 10 days to leave Argentina, or face arrest or expulsion.
A group of 60 refugees from Chile were given 10 days to leave Argentina, or face arrest or expulsion. The order came on Saturday (20 October), and was n extension of a previous ultimatum. The extra ten days were provided to allow the refugees to make arrangements to travel to the country of their choice.
The decision not to act on an order made on Friday (19 October) calling for the refugees to leave within three days, apparently came from the Argentinian President, General Peron, following pressures from politicians associated with civil rights movements.
A government spokesman said that the extension was given because of the number of children and pregnant women among the 60 refugees.
The Argentinian Government has said it will grant asylum to all Chileans, who left their country when a military junta took power last month, but it said all non-Chilean refugees would have to find other countries to live in.
So far, only one country, Cuba, has offered to take the refugees, but none seem to want to go there. The refugees consist of 25 Brazilians, 20 Uruguayans, 14 Bolivians and one German. During the military coup, they sought asylum in the Argentinian Embassy in Santiago, and were taken out of the country with two groups of Chilean and Argentinian refugees.
Originally, the refugees were held in the Hotel International at Ezeize International Airport where, they claimed, they were being detained. The Argentinian Government denied this, although a judge ordered their release. Now they are staying at a Methodist Hostel in Flores, a suburb of Buenos Aires.
One of the refugees said that there are still over 300 people in the Argentine Embassy in Santiago. The military junta has apparently granted safe conduct to 280 of the refugees in the Embassy to leave the country.
SYNOPSIS: On Saturday, the Argentinian Government gave sixty refugees from Chile ten days to leave the country. The refugees, hone of them Chilean citizens, had originally taken refuge in the Argentinian Embassy in Santiago when the military junta took power last month.
At present, the refugees are staying at a Methodist hostel in Flores, a suburb of Buenos Aires. When they arrived in Argentina, they were held in the Hotel International, at Ezeize Airport. The refugees claimed they were being held there against their will, and a judge ordered their release. Last Friday, the government ordered the refugees to leave the country within three days, but the order was extended to ten days on Saturday.
A government official said the extension was made because of the number of children and pregnant women in the group. Apparently, President Peron, ordered the extension himself.
All Chilean-born refugees have been granted asylum in Argentina, but other nationals have until next Wednesday to leave the country.