Chile: Explosive Epidemic

Chile's President Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, 68, was opening an international trade fair in suburban Santiago when less than 600 feet away a bomb ripped up a lengthy section of railroad track. No one was injured in the blast, which was one of at least 19 in the capital and four other Chilean cities last week. That explosive epidemic capped a new political offensive by opponents of the eleven-year-old Pinochet regime.

The centerpiece of the protest was a one-day general strike that left downtown Santiago virtually deserted. More than 150,000 workers took part in the action, which was not endorsed by...

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