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    An economic boycott has been proposed against the military regime of President General Augusto Pinochet in Chile.

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    GV Commission Secretary General, Mr. Hans Franck, talking to newsmen. (6 shots)

    SV & CU Senora Isabel Letelier, speaking (SOF) as newsmen listen and take notes. (14 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: FRANCK: "All of you know the background of the tragedy of the Chilean people. Hundreds thousand people have been arrested for (indistinct) in Chile. Thousands of people have been murdered. And I am going to report tomorrow about the circumstances, how I was refused to enter Chile. This is an indication that the Chilean junta is afraid of intentional servants coming to look into the realities of Chile today."

    SEQ. 2: LETELIER: "In the name of democratic forces in exile from Chile, I want to convey to the Algerian government our deep appreciation for allowing us and the commission to have the conference in this country.

    That means so much for people who are striving for liberation. The reaction (indistinct) against United Nations, and against decency and humanity in this world was the (indistinct) an election, an election in which the votes were transparent and people had to vote in front of secret police. The democratic forces, we asked before the election, distributing pamphlets and asking the people not to vote or to vote "No" against Pinochet. According to Pinochet, he got 75 percent of the voting. Therefore, he is the most popular dictator in the world in this moment. But, instead, of lifting the state of siege, and instead of lifting the curfew, if he had such popularity, he started a tremendous repression against the Christian Democrats now. The Christian Democrats are relegated in the northern part of Chile, in critical conditions."

    With a brief 15 days notice, President Pinochet, late in December last year, called a referendum that was held on January 4. He asked Chileans over 18 to vote either 'yes' or 'no' to the question: In the face of international aggression unleashed against the government of our country, I support President Pinochet in his defence of Chilean dignity and I reaffirm the legitimacy of the government of the Republic to lead with sovereignty the country's constitutional process'. President Pinochet contended that 75 percent of the five million votes were cast in favour of the junta. The referendum followed a United Nations resolution which, for the third year running, condemned Chile for systematic violation of human rights. After the referendum, President Pinochet drafted a letter to the U.N. Secretary General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, saying Chile would not accept visits from UN commissions to investigate these reported violations.

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    Background: An economic boycott has been proposed against the military regime of President General Augusto Pinochet in Chile. The proposal came on Sunday (29 January) at a meeting in Algiers of the 'International Commission of Inquiry into the Crimes of the Military Junta of Chile'. The popular commission, which had been meeting in the Algerian capital for several days, decided the boycott would be an effective way to isolate the regime at an international level. At an earlier session, the commissions's Secretary General, Mr. Hans Franck, claimed the Chilean leaders were afraid to allow impartial outsiders into the country to check conditions there at firsthand. Senora Isabel Letelier, widow of a former Chilean Defence Minister, Senor Orlando Letelier, (who died in 1976) alleged that President Pinochet had begun a campaign of repression Against Christian Democrats in the country. Mr. Franck spoke first:

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