ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 25, 1977
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(Studio) According to new United Nations special report, human rights violations are still common in Chile, but conditions are getting slightly better.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Santiago, Chile) Josephina Gajardo hasn't seen husband in over a year; she and others like her feel government isn't helping them solve disappearance cases like this. [GAJARDO - wants answer. Has to find husband.] This case is typical of those who oppose military takeover; Mrs. Gajardo says husband, who is Communist, was snatched while walking with friend in Santiago. People like Mrs. Gajardo are given comfort and legal assistance by Roman Catholic Church in Chile, headed by Raul Cardinal Silva. Cardinal's one-time accusation against government of Augusto pinochet, re: its type of rule, noted. pinochet says Chile is democrat that must be protected, especially from Communists Human rights issue here goes back to 1973 coup of Salvador Allende's Marxist government (Films shown.) Now, as pinochet government tries to clean up, question remains with regard to location of those who opposed takeover. president says many dead found after street fighting had several identification cards, confusing efforts to correctly identify them. [PINOCHET - (thru interpreter) cites other reasons many are missing; admits some may have disappeared, but everything is justified.] Other details with regard to political conditions with regard to human rights in Chile noted.
REPORTER: Bernard Shaw