• Short Summary

    Chile's ruling military junta has begun the distribution throughout Chile, and many parts of the world, of a book designed to explain the reasons why the armed forces took over power in the coup of September 11th.

  • Description

    Chile's ruling military junta has begun the distribution throughout Chile, and many parts of the world, of a book designed to explain the reasons why the armed forces took over power in the coup of September 11th.

    The "Libro Blanco" - "White Book" - argues that the armed forces felt compelled to overthrow the regime of the late President, Salvador Allende, because "he had presided over the economic, social, institutional and morel ruin" of Chile.

    Most of the 264 page document deals with an alleged Marxist plot to assassinate high ranking officers of the armed forces, and opposition politicians. The alleged plot referred to as "Plot Z" would, according to the White Book, have resulted in an attack led by "terrorist and paramilitary teams located throughout the country, but especially in Santiago."
    The Military Government has claimed that their September coup aborted a plan due to take effect a weak later.

    But foreign observers have pointed out that the White Book does not say how the plot was discovered, or give the names of individuals or political organisations alleged to be involved, and fails to give detailed evidence implicating Dr. Allende.

    The book does say, however, that enough weapons to equip 5,000 men were found in Mr. Allende's private residence.

    On Tuesday (October 30), Government General Secretary Colonel Pedro Ewing handed over the White Book to local and foreign journalists. Twenty-five-thousand copies have been printed, 15,000 for overseas distribution and 10,000 for sale in Chile. It has been translated into French, German and English.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA903D4WMCDXR2427EQZ9QCD9HL
    Media URN:
    VLVA903D4WMCDXR2427EQZ9QCD9HL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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