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June 23, 1976
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Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C06628108 3.5(c) Latin Americart STA FF NOTES Jewel' CI SNLA 76-026 No. 0706-76 June 23, 1976 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C06628108 NR NR 4.. Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C06628108 LATIN AMERICAN TRENDS This publication is prepared for regional specialists in the Washington com- munity by the Western Hemisphere Division, Office of Current Intelligence, with occasional contributions from other of f ices within the Directorate of Intelligence. Comments and queries are welcome. They should be directed to the authors of the individual articles. CONTENTS June 23, 1976 Counterterrorism in South Ant rice -Nte 3 E T Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C06628108 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C06628108 3.5(c) Counterterrorism in South America The security organization � f several South American countries may be coope ting in actions against political refugees in entina. Early this month armed men ansacked the offices of the Argentine Catholic Commission on Immigration and stole records containing information on thousands of refugees and immigrants. Argentine police did not investigate the crime and dismissed it as a simple robbery. Two days later twenty-four Uruguayan and Chilean refugees, many of whom were the subject of Commission files, were kidnaped and tortured for several hours. Some of the refugees later identified their interrogators as security officers from Chile and Uruguay. Pre- sumably, the Chilean-Uruguayan operation could not have been undertaken without the cooperation of the Argentine security forces. In the past few weeks two prominent Uruguayan political exiles and a former 11Ftist president of Bolivia have been killed underlaysterious circumstances in Argentina. Argentine Ministir of Economy Martinez de Hoz recently told the US ambassador in Buenos Aires that his government was not responsible for the mur- der of ex-president Torres and speculated--without providing evidence--that leftist extremists had eliminated "one of their own." There are also several reports that Chilean leftist leader Edgardo Enriquez, who was arrested by Argentine security forces on April 10, was subsequently turned over to the Chileans and is now dead. Mean- while, the Brazilian press reports that the Argentine government has handed over to Chilean authorities a Brazilian political exile wanted by Santiago. June 23, 1976 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C06628108 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C06628108 The Argentine junta has denied allegations that it has violated "human rights" and recently issued an official communique declaring that it would not repatriate refugees by force. Despite this and similar disclaimers by respected Argentine leaders, US Embassy officials in Buenos Aires suspect the acquiescence, and perhaps the direct involvement, of the Argentine security forces in many of these in- cidents. In early 1974 security officials from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia met in Buenos Aires to prepare coordinated actions against sub- versive targets. They agreed to establish diplomatic security liaison channels, to exchange intelligence information on a regular basis, and to facilitate the international movement of security officers on official business. June 23, 1976 SY.-4rET Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C06628108