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CBS Evening News for Friday, May 07, 1976
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(Studio) Treasury Secretary William Simon tells Chile's military regime they must insure human rights if they want economy help. Simon is highest-ranking United States representative to visit Chile after September `73 overthrow and death of President Salvador Allende Gossens. 49 political prisoners released before Simon's arrival.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Santiago, Chile) Govt. led by Augosto Pinochet suffers from economy problems at home and image problems abroad. Inflation rate is 340%. Unemployment rate is 18%. Church groups begin food programs in poorer areas. Construction and industry production down. Govt. blames world recession and depressed price of copper for slowing down economy recovery. Junta encourages foreign assistance this year Copper prices up and inflation down. 170% inflation rate for 1976 predicted. Govt. conts. to hold political prisoners. British Dr. Sheila Cassidy held for 2 mos. after treating wounded fugitive. After her return, she complained of torture; British amb. recalled. Junta denied Cassidy's charges.

Dow, David;
Mudd, Roger

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