The first group of refugees from Chile, accepted for settlement in West Germany, arrived at Frankfurt Airport on Friday (Dec. 7) from the Chilean capita Santiago.
The first group of refugees from Chile, accepted for settlement in West Germany, arrived at Frankfurt Airport on Friday (Dec. 7) from the Chilean capita Santiago. The party of 23, including children, were greeted by representatives of Amnesty International and a few supporters.
The United Nations has made an international appeal for countries to accept refugees from Chile. The U.N. estimates there are 13,000 foreigners in Chile, all of whom will become refugees by December 31 - the deadline set by Chile's ruling Military Junta.
It is believed that West Germany has facilities for 1,300 of the refugees, many of whom are Bolivians, Brazilians, Uruguayans and Argentines, who fled their own countries for political reasons and found a haven in Chile during President Allende's rule.
Holland, Austria, Britain, Finland, East Germany, Australia, New Zealand and the United States are among the countries which have so far agreed to provide homes for the refugees.
in Paris on Friday police used a bulldozer to smash down the door of the Chilean Embassy to remove about 50 young demonstrators who occupied the building.
A police spokesman said the occupiers were opponents of the Military Junta who said they acted to obtain the freedom of imprisoned Chilean Communist leader Luis Corvalan and other political detainees.
Two officers outside the building when the demonstrators invaded were slightly injured, but there was no resistance as the demonstrators were rounded up.
Later Chile protested to France over the French Government's failure to prevent the two hour occupation of the embassy.