INTRODUCTION Luis Corvalan, the exiled Chilean Communist party leader spoke to thousands of people at a mass rally in Rome Friday (25 February) two days after the start of a ten day visit to Italy.
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CU Enrico Berlinguer, Italian Communist party leader speaking.
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Background: INTRODUCTION Luis Corvalan, the exiled Chilean Communist party leader spoke to thousands of people at a mass rally in Rome Friday (25 February) two days after the start of a ten day visit to Italy.
SYNOPSIS: He received a rapturous welcome from thousands of people when he arrived at the indoor stadium. Senor Corvalan spent four years in prison in Chile after the coup in which former left-wing President Salvador Allende was killed in 1973. Senor Corvalan was exchanged last December for Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky. Since then he has been resting in the 'Soviet union. Senor Corvalan predicted on Soviet television recently that Chile, under its present right-wing military rule, would follow in the steps of Angola and Vietnam.
Enrico Berlinguer, the Italian Communist party leader, has already held long talks with his Chilean counterpart. Senor Corvalan has also met the Christian Democrat party secretary Benigno Zaccagnini and other Italian political leaders. There are plans for Senor Corvalan to tour the country and to see how the Italian Communist party are now playing a major part in Italy's government. The Communists are the second largest party in the Italian parliament.
Senor Corvalan has said that he will hold what he called an "explosive" news conference in the coming week when he meets members of the foreign press. He has said in the past the Chile's problems concern more than just that country. It is believed that he will talk to newsmen about the treatment of political prisoners in his home country. There have been many claims of torture against such detainees. Over 300 prisoners were released in November last year but the Vicarate of Solidarity an ecumenical group working in Chile - estimates that another 800 have received prison terms for political beliefs. Senor Corvalan;'s detention in Chile was without trial.