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Conflict looms as Chile renews state of emergency

Military authorities arrested 12 leftists Saturday in their first action under a renewed state of emergency, and opposition leaders warned the crackdown would provoke confrontation with the military government.

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The state of emergency, effective at midnight Friday, was declared after opposition leaders seeking to end 10 years of military rule called on Chileans to stage a mass protest Tuesday by banging on pots and pans in their homes.

Reimposition of the state of emergency gives the government power to set a curfew and to restrict freedom of speech and assembly, although these last two are already curtailed by powers it never abandoned.

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