• Short Summary

    A group of Chilean refugees who had been holding United Nations officials hostage for 56 hours in Buenos Aires, Argentine, flew into Rome for a 90 minute stop-over on Saturday (11 October).

  • Description

    A group of Chilean refugees who had been holding United Nations officials hostage for 56 hours in Buenos Aires, Argentine, flew into Rome for a 90 minute stop-over on Saturday (11 October).

    The Algerian government had agreed to accept the refugees and they were on their way to Algiers after changing flight in Rome. Their spokesman, Senor Humberto Cortez Munos explained that they had held the United Nations officials because they had been doing nothing to improve the "miserable" living conditions of Chilean refugees in Argentina.

    About 7,000 Chilean refugees have been living in Argentina since they fled the country two years ago when Communist President Salvador Allende was ousted by a military coup. Senor Munos said members of his group decided to take the fourteen United Nations hostages because "our despondency and anxiety had grown to such a point of sickness that nothing else was left to us". There were women and children among the 17 refugees on the aeroplane -- 16 Chileans and one Brazilian.

    The refugees, who were said to have four pistols but no explosives while holding the UN Officials in Buenos Aires, opted to go to Sweden, Denmark or Belgium. Neither these nor any other European countries were willing to take them, but later that day the Italian Democratic party held a demonstration in Rome against the present right-wing Chile regime.

    SYNOPSIS: Rome airport, Italy, where a group of Chilean refugees who had held United Nations officials hostage for fifty-six hours in Buenos Aires, Argentine, stopped briefly on Saturday. They were on their way to Algeria.

    A spokesman for the refugees, Senor Humberto Cortez Munos explained that the group had held the United Nations officials hostage because they had been doing nothing to improve the miserable living conditions of Chilean refugees in Argentina.

    He said the despondency and anxiety of members of his group had reached such a point that nothing else was left to them.

    About seven thousand Children refugees have been living in Argentina since they fled Chile two years ago when Communist President Salvador Allenoe was outside by a military coup.

    The refugees released the last five of their hostages before leaving Buenos Aires. Italian policemen escorted them to a special waiting room in the departure lounge until their Algiers flight was ready. The refugees were said to have had four pistols in Buenos Aires. Originally they opted to go to Sweden, Denmark or Belgium. Neither these nor any other European country were willing to take them but that night there was a demonstration in Rome against the present right-wing Chile regime.

    The Italian government did not offer the refugees asylum -- only Algeria did that -- but Italy's Democratic Party once more showed their fillings towards the right-wing military regime in Chile. There was a similar demonstration in sympathy with ex President Allende's government on the anniversary of the coup last month. Dr. Allenda himself was killed in the coup.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8CCTIFIK4FMKIWG18HS1PALBY
    Media URN:
    VLVA8CCTIFIK4FMKIWG18HS1PALBY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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