The Government of Chile has announced that nearly two hundred political offenders exiled in various parts of the country will be allowed to return to their homes.
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SV: families waiting outside prison.
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GV PAN OF: prisoner leaving camp.
SV: friends and relatives outside waiting. (3 shots)
SV: guard outside prison among crowd
SV: friends and relatives outside and greeting released prisoners. (2 shots)
SV: prisoners and relatives walking away from camp.
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Background: The Government of Chile has announced that nearly two hundred political offenders exiled in various parts of the country will be allowed to return to their homes. Most of the one hundred-and-ninety-six exiles had been forced to live in restricted areas after the Allende Government was ousted three years ago. The move follows the release, during the week of, about three hundred political prisoners.
SYNOPSIS: The first of the prisoners were released from their Santiago prison on Wednesday. They had been held without charges since the overthrow of the late Marxist president, Salvadore Allende, in September 1973. The present government in Chile says that now, only 18 political prisoners are being detained. Those that were released were examined by doctors, and had to sign statements that they were not tortured while in prison.
The Government says that of the 18 remaining prisoners, 13 have been offered asylum in other countries. The other five include the leader of Chile's outlawed Communist Party, Luis Corvalan, and a former Communist senator, Joige Montes. The Government says it will only release them if the Soviet Union releases the dissident, Vladimir Sukovsky and Cuba releases a former military commander, Huber Matos.
The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy in Santiago has hailed the release of the political prisoner. It says this will help unite the country and restore normality.