Gen. Augusto Pinochet, a day after the presidential limousine was caught in a hail of rocks thrown by protesters, said Monday the opposition represents "destruction" that will not stop even if he is defeated in an planned plebiscite.

The opposition to Pinochet, who came to power in a 1973 coup, also decried a "climate of violence" three weeks before the Oct. 5 plebiscite.Pinochet, the only candidate, is asking voters to give him another eight years in office. A "No" vote will lead to an open election in about a year.

The presidential caravan was attacked twice Sunday in a working-class neighborhood.