Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, September 17, 1973 Democratic process principal victim Latin America gives Chile coup cautious analysis B> LOUIS UCHITELLE SANTIAGO (AF) The military coup in Chile this week might be a major event in Latin American history, but the immediate reaction around the continent is cautious analysis. The coup's principal victim appears to be the democratic process, which Salvador Allende tried to use as a vehi- cle for his Marxist policies He didn t succeed. The Chilean military, shaking oft more than 40 years of non- involvement in politics, took power Allende was said to have committed suicide in the takeover The military felt they could not wait until the 1976 presidential election to vote out Allende Chile was the second Latin American country with a long democratic tradition to fall into the hands of military leaders this year The other Uruguay, where Juan Bordaberry. a civilian, remains the nominal president, but issues decrees prepared by the mih'ary The tour-'man Chilean junta, in its first statement Tuesday after toppling Allende's three- government, follow- ed a familiar pattern in promising to "rebuild the country" and to end "misery, hunger and anarchy FAMILI4R THEME Generals elsewhere used similar language when they ended democracy and install- ed authoritarian rule in Brazil in 1964. Argentina in 1966. Peru in 1968 Ecuador and Bolivia last year and Uruguay in June Venezuela. Colombia and Mexico are the only major Latin American countries which have stuck with elected civilian governments over the vears Argentina rejoined them in Mav. alter seven years of military government In an interview. Argentine leader Juan Peron said he recently warned his friend Al- lende to 'go slow" with socialism to avoid a right wing coup Peron says he will not rush Argentina toward socialism, despite pressure trom thousands of young radicals in the Peromst movement Most Latin Amencar coun- tries are expected to maintain diplomatic and commercial relations with the new Chilean government, basing their decisions on "ideological pluralism." First invoked as a foreign in 1970. "ideological pluralism" means another government's ideology should not stand in the way of trade and diplomatic relations. The policy has been cited by some countries to justify a renewal of ties with Communist Cuba SUPPORT ALLENDE Gen Juan Velasco Alvarado. Peru's nationalist president, and a supporter of the Allende experiment in socialism, nevertheless in- dicated Thursday that Peru would recognize the Chilean junta In a formal statement Ve- lasco praised Allende as an "idealist who struggled all his life for the interests of his people Velasco added, however, that Peru 'does not intervene in the internal problems of any country Allende s downfall might be a serious problem for Mex- ico's President Luis Echeverna. who granted asylum to Allende's widow, children and grandchildren The two chiefs of state were close friends and Echeverna has decreed three days of national mourning for Al- lende. beginning Monday Winter habitat opened VANCOUVER (CP) A 100-acre project to provide habitat for wintering ducks and geese was officially open- ed Saturday by board chairman Robert A White of Ducks Unlimited (Canada) and provincial Conservation Minister Jack Radford Immediately lollowmg the opening of floodgate at the north dyke of the Serpentine wildlife management area project. 20 miles southeast of here. 260 Canada Geese were released into a 50-acre fenced urea Thev will begin an extensive goose propagation program launched bv the private, non- pro tit conservation organisation, in the Fraser Hiver Valley whore Canada Goose do not normally breed Several other conservation gimips woro also involved in the piojool Let lists have demonstrated in several Latin American countries against what they describe as United States in- volvement in the Chilean coup More than 20.000 young peo- ple marched in Buenos Aires streets Wednesday and Thurs- day, chanting anti-American slogans Brazil's firmly anti- Communist military leaders w e i e quick to grant diplomatic recognition to the new Chilean government, which is also anti-Communist ECONOMY BOOMS Under military rule. Brazil's economy has boomed and Brazil has become an ex- ample in Latin America of economic progress with capitalism and unrestricted toreign investment Allende had hoped to chal- lenge the success with his Marxist programs and now he has been replaced bv a military junta which savs it will "exterminate Marx- ism Cuba gave Allende its all- out support and Chile, under Allende, was the first South American country to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba, in defiance of an Organization of American States resolution enacted in the 1960s Argentina under Peronism also has recognized Cuba, but Allende was Castro's major ally on the continent and his death is a setback tor Cuban toreign policy. 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