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The World

October 22, 1987

Chile's military government moved to deny Marxists free speech and bar them from jobs as teachers, journalists and labor leaders. Under legislation approved by the ruling junta, the regime will also fine news organizations that publicize the views or activities of Marxists. The legislation is expected to be signed by President Augusto Pinochet, the anti-Communist army commander who seized power in a 1973 coup. The measure also calls for dismissal of moderate political party leaders who seek or accept an alliance with a Marxist group. The bill was seen as an attempt to stifle any Marxist activity in a single-candidate presidential election planned for next year.

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