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A Chilean cattle farmer in Paraguay is calling to organize a paramilitary death squad to “eliminate communists”. The man, Eduardo Aviles Lambie, has been fugitive from Chile since 1970, when he participated in the murder of Chile’s former army chief, Gen. Rene Schneider.
Aviles had sent an email to his associates in the San Pedro Regional Division of the Rural Association of Paraguay, which was leaked to the Paraguayan newspaper Ultima Hora and published October 26.
“How long do we have to wait to combat these communists sons of bitches who want to destroy our beloved Paraguay, just like Allende’s people did in Chile from 1968 to Sept. 11, 1973, or convert us into a new Colombia,” Aviles wrote.
Eduardo Aviles has been living in Paraguay since January 1971, after fleeing from Chile in November 1970, a month after participating in the Schneider murder.
Aviles, then a Catholic University student in Santiago, was part of a group made up of conservative students, members of the ultra-right paramilitary group Patria y Libertad and common criminals who conspired with right-wing politicians, military officers and business leaders, with the financial and logistical support of the CIA, to impede socialist Salvador Allende from assuming the presidency that year.
Allende had won the presidential elections in September 1970 with a relative majority, and Congress had to vote to ratify him or the next runner up to assume the presidency that November. That vote was scheduled for October 24, but before then, the conspirators planned to kidnap Schneider, known as a “constitutionalist” who would abide the congressional vote, while at the same time wreak havoc through terrorist bombings and attacks to prompt a military coup and have the elections annulled.
The kidnapping attempt on Oct. 22 backfired when the men who were to abduct Schneider as he was driving to work shot him and left him mortally wounded. He died three days later.
One of the men who participated directly in the murder, as confirmed by a Martial Court ruling, was Eduardo Aviles. He and at least four others fled the country after the assassination while other members of the group were tried and sentenced in Chile. A military court reopened the investigation in 1977 after the four were eventually arrested, but Aviles was safely in Paraguay and would never come back to face justice.
According to witnesses at the time, Aviles had fled to Argentina three weeks after the murder, and in January 1971, entered Paraguay. Three months later, he was provided with a Paraguayan ID card under a false name. He has lived in Paraguay ever since, now as a cattle farmer and polo lover.
He continues to be a fugitive of the Chilean justice.
Now, Aviles is trying to create the Paraguayan Anticommunist Commando, CAP.
In his letter to the Rural Association of Paraguay, Aviles says he wants to gather funds to buy weapons to combat what he calls “the advance of the guerrilla” made possible by President Fernando Lugo and his followers.
“This is the only way we can defend ourselves, because if we don’t, they’re going to kill us all,” he says.