A pushing and shoving match erupted at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (Oct. 3), over the fate of a Chilean communist leader captured by the new military junta.
SV Chilean Ambassador Bazan speaks in Spanish ZOOM IN TO Chairman
SV Iraqi delegation (SILENT SHOTS)
TV Saudi Arabian delegate speaking (SOUND)
BAROODY: "To send an appeal to the Government of Chile to suspend the sentence, an appeal we have no jurisdiction...."
BAZAN: "This is a loco. You are a fool....."
BAROODY: "I am a fool? You are a fool! Who is a fool? Get to your place. Lat me finish."
BAZAN: "you are insane."
BAROODY: "Since you say I am a fool, say you apologies. Say 'I apologies' here...."
BAZAN: "Let me see."
BAROODY: "Say I apologies."
BAZAN: "That's not the way to speak. You are saying lies here. You are lying here."
BAROODY: "Get out of here. Get out of here!"
BAZAN: "Which is my place?"
BAROODY: "Your place is right here -- but don't say I am a fool. Shame on you, as a person not as a Chilean. I respect Chile. Never have I been told I am a fool. Never mind, let's shake hands."
BAZAN: "No I don't shake hands."
BAROODY: "Okay, never....That this sentence will be suspended on humanitarian grounds, and if there is no sentence, as I seem to understand from my colleague -- although he is giving me the cold shoulder -- so much the better, one would be happier. I stand here not representing Saudi Arabia only, but as one who works for human rights."
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Background: A pushing and shoving match erupted at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (Oct. 3), over the fate of a Chilean communist leader captured by the new military junta.
The tense episode arose after the Soviet Ambassador, Jacob Malik, and other communist bloc delegates called for urgent action to save the life of Senor Luis Corvalan, who they said was in peril of execution.
The Chilean representative, Raul Bazan Davila, told the Assembly that Senor Corvalan, while accused of having organised a military force to fight the Chilean army, had not yet even been tried.
At the rostrum, Senor Bazan became involved in a shoving match and an angry exchange of words with the Saudi Arabian delegate, Jamil Baroody, who supported the appeal for action on Senor Corvalan's behalf.
SYNOPSIS: Chilean Ambassador Raul Bazan Davila and Saudi Arabian delegate Jamil Baroody became involved in a pushing and shoving match at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. The tense episode arose over the fate of a captured Chilean communist leader, Senor Luis Corvalan, who the Soviet and other communist bloc delegates said was in peril of execution by the new military junta. Senor Bazan said the Communist leader had been accused of organising a military force against the Chilean army, but had not yet come to trial. After an incident in which the Chilean Ambassador was called to order by the Acting President of the Assembly, the shoving match and angry exchange between the two diplomats began. The Saudi Arabian delegate supported action to save the Chilean communist leader.