At an hour-long news conference before leaving the United Nations on Monday (4 December), President Allende of Chile reiterated his opposition to multi-national corporations.
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Background: At an hour-long news conference before leaving the United Nations on Monday (4 December), President Allende of Chile reiterated his opposition to multi-national corporations.
He had been asked to comment further on his claim before the U.N. General Assembly earlier, that such corporations--unaccountable to any institution representing the collective interest--were undermining the world's political structure. President Allende--the leader of the world's first democratically-selected Marxist government--had accused multi-national corporations of serious aggression against his country. He claimed that the International Telegraph and Telephone Company (ITT) had tried to bring about civil war in Chile. He also named the Kennecott Copper Corporation as an aggressor which had caused serious damage to the Chilean economy.
At his news Conference, President Allende said Chile's problems were with the multi-national corporations and not with the U.S. Government.
As for the Kennecott and Anaconda copper companies, he said: "We shall not resume negotiations with these corporations". (There has been a dispute between the Chilean government and the copper producers since President Allende's nationalisation of mines and other plants.)
President Allende said that despite widespread reports in many countries about unrest in Chile, he was still the most popular leader in the country's history. He claimed the support of at least seventy per cent of the population and the support of the army.