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Police, troops fend off call for strike in Chile

Chilean President Augusto Pinochet deployed thousands of riot police and some Army units to keep antigovernment protesters from forcing a nationwide work stoppage Tuesday. A national strike called by leftist labor leaders and a Marxist political coalition failed to shut down Santiago's industrial belt. They are pressing for higher wages and democratic reforms.

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On Monday, Mr. Pinochet banished 140 people to internal exile, threatened to impose a state of siege, and warned against any attempt to limit his chance of staying in power until 1997.

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