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UFO Enthusiasts Gather In Chile'S Region VII

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 22:07:24 -0400
Archived: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 22:07:24 -0400
Subject: UFO Enthusiasts Gather In Chile'S Region VII

Source: The Santiago Times - Santiago, Chile


Aug. 16, 2007

UFO Enthusiasts Gather In Chile'S Region VII

By Benjamin Witte (benwitte.nul)

A National Ufology Conference is set to take place this weekend
near the Region VII mountain town of San Clemente. Ufology =96
sometimes spelled UFOlogy =96 is the study of all phenomena
related to Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

The convention begins Friday, Aug. 17 and is organized by San
Clemente's City Hall and Tourism Chamber. It also enjoys backing
from the Chilean government's National Tourism Service

"It's great for us if the UFO phenomenon can serve also as a
tourist attraction, encouraging visitors to get to know Region
VII's mountain zone, which has such a tremendous biological
value,=94 said SERNATUR head Oscar Santelices.

The gathering will take place in the Refugio Nacional Biota
Maule, located in Vilches near the entrance of the Altos de
Lircay National Reserve. Chilean ufologists say the Reserve is a
common place for UFO sightings.

"This is an emblematic place in Chile where UFOs have appeared
regularly. It's a hot spot, a window for observing UFOs in
Chile,=94 Rodrigo Fuenzalida, director of Chile's Ufology
Investigation Group (AION), told the Santiago Times. "The idea
behind the gathering is to forge an alliance between researchers
and the Chilean government in order to promote the San Clemente
area as a center for a different kind of tourism.=94

A similar gathering took place this past February in Vi=F1a del
Mar, Region V (ST, Feb. 8). The highlight of that meeting was a
display of photographs taken by members of Chile's Armed Forces.
Captured on one of those photographs was an image of a spherical
metallic object flying over Antarctica. Also presented during
the conference was a video recorded in 2000 of Navy ships being
pursued by a luminous object.

A more recent UFO sighting took place in May =96 near the
Collahuasi mine in Region I. On that occasion, a very large,
spherical object hovered in the sky for a full 24 hours.

"It's an emblematic case because people were able to video
record it. It had a very large structure and was seen by a lot
of people=85 It was enormous, with shiny metal, and the whole time
it was just stationary,=94 said Fuenzalida.

As part of the upcoming event, Fuenzalida will deliver a
presentation entitled "UFOS, The Best Images in Chile.=94 Other
speakers will include psychiatrist Mario Dussuel, journalist
Enrique Silva, and Marcelo Moya, a researcher.

According to Fuenzalida and his colleagues, Chile has a number
of particularly good UFO viewing sites, among them Huara, in
Region I's Atacama Desert; Region V's Laguna Verde area; and
Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales in Region XII.

"Chile is a place that has recurring sightings,=94 the AION
director said. "Keep in mind that of all the cases that occur in
Chile, only 5 percent are reported in the press.=94

By Benjamin Witte (benwitte.nul)

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