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January 26, 1982
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/21: CIA-RDP90-00552R000201850035-9 A JT f i -':? !' 'EA .- Affa- of Gil; THE WASHINGTON POST 26 January 1982 DUARDO FRET was widely regarded as the "last` liberty" entailing agrarian reform n ti ali ti , on a za on of best hope" for Latin democracy during?tlie years copper mines 'and income redistribution: He was. 1964-70, when he was president'Qf Chile.-It was a par- serious, but by the time he finished his single con- donable exaggeration. The Cuban.revolution had ixri- stitutionally allowable six-year term, he had whet- parted a double sense that the heinispltere was mov ted' popular appetites for considerably more pro-. ing leftward and. that the: United States had a major gress than he had been able to deliver.----'.-' interest in checking the:flow. Chile -then enjoyed a Marxist Salvador Allende received a plurality of reputation,. `as? . the premier 'Latin ' democracy, and the- popular vote in 1970, and`.on the right in Chile Eduardo Frei was.,seen,'.in Chile and in the United there were elements opposed to letting him take of States, as- the: sock of able,." principled democratic re- fice At various times some of those elements had former who could erect a "firebreak" on the left and received CIA encouragement, butt. with . Mr. Frei keep the radicals on: the other side. lending his prestige to a constitutional succession, Founder of his country's. Christian Democratic Mr. Allende was seated. Within barely a year, Chile Party, Mr.: Frei had' pronounced. himself "staggered was exploding into' class war. 1r1r. Frei ran for, the -f by. the differences in economic strata" in Chile. He Senate in 1973 to continue the fight by parliamen took officeyin 1964 with-the only absolute majority tary.means, but even he could not slow the disinte any Chilean presidential 'candidate` has enjoyed.:'gration In September, the generals made a coup Whether he knew of the secret funds that, it turned whose dark result`Mi Frei bravely' contested until out later, the CIA put. into his campaign was never he died at age 70: in Santiago last:Friday. He was a established. Whether he. needed such support was man- of true honor, -which is much more than can be embiou In' any event,with- a good deal ofpublic : said for any of the people who have ruled Chile, and `: Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/21: CIA-RDP90-00552R000201850035-9