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Chilean President Augusto Pinochet renewed his emergency powers on the eve of the 12th anniversary of the military coup against the Marxist government of the late Salvador Allende. His decree extends for six months the “state of threat to internal peace,” which has been in force since a new constitution took effect in 1981. The decree empowers Pinochet to arrest people without charge, send them into exile without trial and ban new publications. A separate state of emergency is also in force.


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