CHILE: A Native Returns

"Nuts to Gabriel Gonzalez" screamed the posters slapped overnight on the plaster walls of La Serena (pop. 22,000). In his home town, President Gonzalez looked and blinked in astonishment. What kind of a welcome was this for the man whom Santiago had tumultuously acclaimed only a few days earlier as the conqueror of the Antarctic (TIME, March 15)?

He got a quick answer: La Serena's Communists were out to get back at Gonzalez Videla for his anti-Communist campaign. They did not stop with posters. At nearby Ovalle, the Communist mayor refused to receive the President, and with his party comrades...

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