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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta weanesasy, April ici HBHIPME Violence in Argentina increases under Peron By MORT ROSENBLUM BUENOS AIRES (AP) Machine-gun politics have in- creased in Argentina during Juan Peron's six months as president, and it is no longer only the rich and the powerful who fear sudden death in the night. Militants, following everyone from Mao to Mussolini, often settle scores with bombs and kidnappings. Aggressive police action adds to the victims but does not appear to stop the growing' violence. Although the 78-year-old president has imposed some economic stability on the country of 25 million, disputes in his own movement and guerrilla action by his enemies have forestalled the order many had expected. In the last several years, terrorist victims were foreign businessmen and carefully selected military men or politicians. Now an unpopular personnel manager, a pushy public speaker or an innocent bystander is in danger as well. And should anything happen to the popular but ailing Peron, officials and diplomats generally agree, things might get much worse. Much of the turmoil comes from factions of Peronism fighting among themselves for control of the movement which follows a man and not an ideology and finds in his life, actions and philosophy justification for their own beliefs. SEEK REVOLUTION There are also. anti-Peron guerrillas seeking total revolution, common criminals in business for themselves and well-armed lunatics with private drives. Groups under attack often exact revenge from the wrong enemies, touching off a grim chain reaction. Police, cracking down hard, usually get someone if not always the one who they really want. The situation is so tense that police recently shot dead a f el- low policeman, lying peacefully in bed, before he was able to explain that he was not the radical someone had claimed was living there. Daily living has not changed for most Argentines or foreigners but many duck when a car backfires, and few are sure the man with the black bag is really there to repair the telephone. Hundreds of American busi- nessmen and dependents have fled in the last several months. Foreigners are especially nervous now since the U.S. oil giant Exxon paid million in early March to ransom an U.S. executive, and there is still no word of his whereabouts., A handful of victims are being held by kidnappers in- cluding two Argentine army colonels. An Argentine execu- tive with the Italian auto firm Fiat was shot dead recently the same way an American Ford man was murdered last fall. JUAN PERON A right-wing labor leader was recently slain, the 25th major political killing since Peron regained power. ABDUCTIONS MOUNT Kidnappings continue at a rate of more than three a week. Last year there were an estimated 500. Police shot dead about 50 persons around Buenos Aires alone during March, some on suspicion of crimes punishable by a few years in jail. Police say six policemen were killed, and they are not taking chances. Leaders of the other extreme say strong police action against the left is the only answer. Many people in the middle agree, to varying extents. Government action, appar- ently with Peron's approval if not open blessing, has included the banning of El Descamisado, the weekly magazine of the Peronist Youth which consistently attacked right-wing Peronists. Earlier officials closed the daily El Mundo, linked to ex- treme leftist thought. Police have brought in perhaps leftists on various charges since October, although most have been released. Leftist and opposition leaders claim that apart from official actions, off-duty police and hired thugs working outside the law have made bloody attacks against radicals. Peron took office in October after 18 years of exile, a comeback widely heralded as the end to terrorism. He was elected by a 62-per- cent majority including Peronist Youth, chanting "Peron or and the conservative-thinking leadership of the giant national labor movement. Peron quickly turned right, clearly favoring his mainstream labor support and calling for a purge of "Marxist infiltrators." To some, that was open licence to lean on anyone with long hair and a denim jacket. Up to now, the young left has stuck with Peron, saying his thoughts are influenced by "reactionary interlopers." They are reluctant to lose their claim to succession in the movement. BLAMES POLICE A guerrilla of the outlawed People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) an anti-Peronist group which attacks foreign business and the military, told a reporter in a secret meeting: "The police are worse than ever now. They are better pre- pared and well-equipped. We have to be extremely careful." PAPERS BOMBED Mysterious armed bands h'ave bombed leftist newspapers and meeting places. The victims, in many cases, have answered in kind. The people responsible for murders, bombings, kidnaps, extortions and assaults in Ar- gentina are as diverse as the acts themselves. About trained guerrillas, belonging to several distinct or- ganizations, are pushing a carefully planned terrorism campaign. Most of them contend foreign imperialism, with support from the local establishment, is stifling workers. Free-lance murders hired by various interests make occasional raids. Unions and political splinter groups battle among themselves. The odd fanatic sometimes acts alone. On top of political violence, there is growing crime by ban- dits and kidnappers after profit. And many violent acts are simply personal revenge. Peronist legislators said in a recent public debate there were 700 terrorist acts in 1973, and many experts consider that conservative. In downtown Buenos Aires, a new blue-and-white sign rides atop a towering obelisk. It reads, "Silencio es is health." To many Argentines, that is not just a traffic advisory. TO EASE SENTENCES ANKARA, Turkey (AP) The Turkish National Assembly has passed an amnesty bill that would free of Turkey's convicts. A number of foreigners jailed on drug charges would benefit. The bill was sent to the Senate for action. There are 80 foreigners in Turkish prisons on drug charges. 1974 provincial aquatic workshop University of Alberta, Edmonton Saturday, April 27 to Sunday, May 5 There are still some openings for registration in the following courses: POOL SWIMMING MANAGERS-April May RED CflOSS-R.LS.S.C. 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