A group of 95 political prisoners -- including the sister of the late President Salvador Allende -- was released by the Chilean military junta in Santiago on Friday (21 March) and flown to political asylum in Mexico.
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Background: A group of 95 political prisoners -- including the sister of the late President Salvador Allende -- was released by the Chilean military junta in Santiago on Friday (21 March) and flown to political asylum in Mexico.
The prisoners were freed following a challenge from Chilean President Augusto Pinochet to the Mexican President Luis Echeverria to grant asylum to 200 Chilean left-wing prisoners after Mexico broke diplomatic relations with the Chilean junta.
President Echeverria accepted the challenge, but of the 204 prisoners offered, 47 declined to go to Mexico and the Mexicans rejected 62 as not being political prisoners. Venezuela's Ambassador to Chile Senor Antonio Arellano, organised their flight out of the country as a representative of Mexican interests.
Because of security measures at Santiago airport it was not possible to film Senora Laura Allende Pascal, aged 60, when she left for Mexico with the other prisoners. She is an ex-Senator and has been in jail since last year for alleged contacts with the extreme left resistance. Security forces say they found hand grenades in her apartment.