To the Editors:
We the undersigned members of the Spanish Department of Yale University respectfully protest the incarceration of Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguay’s leading novelist, under the charge of pornography. * In imprisoning him, as well as the publishers and staff of the weekly Marcha, the Uruguayan government is obviously aiming at a larger target. Since it was launched in 1939, Marcha has devoted its pages to an independent and responsible analysis of Latin American affairs and culture. It was the only remnant of free speech in Uruguay. Its closing cannot be accepted.
Emir Rodríguez-Monegal, Chairman, and seventeen others
New Haven, Connecticut
April 4, 1974
Editors’ Note: According to The New York Times of March 13, Mr. Onetti was recently transferred to a “psychiatric clinic.” ↩