Senora Hortensia Allende, widow of former President Allende of Chile held ??? news conference in?
Senora Hortensia Allende, widow of former President Allende of Chile held ??? news conference in New York on Thursday (7 November) to protest against the intervention of the United States in the internal politics of her country.
Senora Allende spoke on the involvement ??? the Central Intelligence Agency. She referred to the admission by the Director of the CIA, William Colby, and a similar declaration made by she Secretary of State, Dr. Kissinger, that about 8 million US dollars (more than 3 million pound sterling) was provided by the CIA to support opposition parties and the media when President Allende was in power. Both these statements were backed by President Ford.
Senora Allende asked if the United Stares would have the same commitment in Chile now. she alleged that there are no political parties in the country now, that there are no trade unions and that the press is gagged.
She referred to an incident in the autumn of 1972 when CIA funds were allegedly used for a national shutdown of lorry firms, causing a 26-day strike of shopkeepers and taxi-men in the summer of last year, shortly before Mr. Allende was overthrown by a military coup.