723.2515/664: Telegram

The Ambassador in Chile (Shea) to the Secretary of State


104. Peruvian expulsions continuing in exaggerated form, according to reports from the Consul at Iquique. The same report comes from the Consul General at Valparaiso. I am informed by the French Minister that he has communicated the situation to his Government and is waiting for instructions. Both the Government and the press here state that the expulsion has been directed only against undesirable Peruvians, and charge that similar treatment has been enforced in Peru. The Liga Patriotica is evidently acting without any opposition from the Government in encouraging severe measures against Peruvians. Any steps that I take will immediately be interpreted as pro-Peruvian.