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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY NEAR 80. The Letttbridge Herald it VOL. LXV No. LKTHBRIDGK, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Soviet military advisers won't have lo leave Syria massacre BKIHUT (AP) President ltalc-7. Assad says lie will nol order .Soviet military advisers to leave Syria because 'they are here for our own good." In liis first public comment President Anwar Sadat ordered Husian advisers out oE Egypt last month, Asad told an interviewer Soldiers and fleeing civilians died In the South Vietnamese retreat from Tri late in April. A U.S. state department report has told of a massacre of to 2.000 civilians by the North Vietnamese. An Associated Press correspondent wlio spent most of the last four months on the northern front examines the episode in Ihe followir.R analysis. "We need the Soviet advisers. They will carry on their jobs here in accordance with agree- ments between our tsvo coun- tries." Asad lias been under pres- sure from domestic politicians closely supporting Egypt to fol- low the example of Syria's fed- eration partner. 'Quebec will never lly HOI.GKR JKNSKM SAIGON (AP) Hundreds of South Vietnamese were killed trying lo escape from Quang Tri City Ixfore its fall. The slaughter was indiscriminate, by definition a massacre. But from evidence at Ihe scene and in Ihe after- math, the action April 29-30 was not "a deliberate] North Vietnamese army massacre of helpless civil- as U.K. state department spokesman John King described it. 'Hie carnage suggested a cold-blooded North Viet- namese resolve to stop all traffic on Highway 1, in callous disregard of civilian targets. Hut there was no evidence of a deliberate intent lo single out the civil- ian refugees. More than half the victims were South Vietnamesa soldiers, and Washington's estimate of to dead seems inflated. Interviews wilh survivors of tho massacre and a visual inspection of the death fito indicate 200 lo dead. Panic was a major contributing factor to lho bloodshed. One WAS visible Only a small portion of one ambushed, convoy was visible from the South Vietnamese lines in those last hectic days More Die fall of Quang Tri. The full savagery of the slaughter did not Iwcornc apparent until two months later, when Saigon's paratroops re- turned to the scene at flic spearhead of a counter-offen- sive. 'Iliis correspondent was with the paratroops. Hundreds of -wrecked vehicles and bodies littered a four-mile stretch of Highway 1. Four out of five ve- hicles were military .k-cps, trucks, tanks, armored personnel carriers, artillery pieces and ambulances. Civilian vehicles included buses, motorcycles and bi- cycles. Civilian and military vehicles were jumbled so close together il was obvious the North could not fire on one without hilling the other. The concentration of wreckage at certain points also indicat- ed panic on the part nf the South Vietnamese. Convoy drivers appeared to have been so intent on fleeing Quang Tri they continued In drive ir.lo wither- ing fire even after lead vehicles were bit and the high- way was blocked. Graves registration workers found 18R civilians dead at amhnsh sites. Of lluae, 70 were claimed by relatives. The nlhcr 111) were buried in a mass cere- mony at Phong IJien nn Aug. I. It is not known how many military dead wore re- covered. South Vietnamese officials did not announce (be military toll, and informants only knew of a burial service for 40 unidentified soldiers. It appears, how- ever, that most of Ihe victims were soldiers because most of the wrecked vehicles were military. All Mere dead It, scorns In .Ml there were 600 dead. This is based on visual inspection by this reporter, interviews and NIC accounts nf other experienced field reporters. One American who says bo. cor.lributcd to the report nsserls lie: clearly informed the stale department (liat 1M to 200 civilians had been killed in the ambu-iiie.s. He could mil explain how iho figure had risen lo except to sny: "There must have been a screwup .some- where almif! the line." North Vietnamese forces surrounded fjuang Tri and cut Highway 1, its .southern escape route to line, :i before the [nil nf Iho province rapilnl. South Vietnamese marines whrt worn given Ihe job of. roonen- irtg thfi highway fought their way to williin eight miles of (Juaiij; Tri. Three convoys of South Vietnamese Iroops find civilians Iricd to flee southward on Highway One between April 21 ami 30. They were ambtiscd by North forces entrenched on both sides o[ Ihe highway, four to eight miles southeast of Quang Tri, Report contradicted Tliis corre.spomlenl was wilh South Vietnamese ma- rines who tonsil their way lo MIC soiilhorr.mnst ambush site April ;tn. Mirvivors who passed the ;id- vHncinjj marines snid their convoy hnd heon hit Ijy mines, mortars, rocket tfivnndrs and .small-arms firo from North in a.s close as 20 yjmls lo Hit' rondw.'iy. Tnr- Kind Mir North ar.ii-p'TsnnnH .-irlillerv slu-Us wiib filers rt for ;iir, wliirh "slncrldnl Mir refugee rolumii1' ivilh rprays of shrapnel. Unl fronflinc rcporlrtl no air Imrsls ho- fore April 30 r.Jiy sncli would VIHVP. killer! troops of liin Norlh Viclnnmese nmhnsh force .ns well as Ilio flocim; South Air MTrc fired hv Norlli Vietnamese held next month. Mr. Russell has four sons and one daughter. He is the author of two books on wildlife and en- vjromnrnl, and Iwo other books are forthcoming. He writes a weekly column in The Herald. Meir rejects plea from Greek group .1KHUSAI.KM (Al'i Pre- mier (lolda has rejected a personal pica from Ihe spiri- tual leader of Ihe Greek Catho- lic community in Israel (o per- mit Iho return of dispossessed Arabs lo their villages on the Ix'banr'se border. f Seen and heard About town i 1 JFIKP SKA flivrr Skilm trying out his new flipjxTS in tfie halh Inh ILisimissdi deckling she should buy n sh.ig nig for hor Ir.iiler since nil of her holidays fjiilcxl lei op hone niuM'rilrr Sriiiilra K IK-MOM fiiy1 iiifi was I lie niilv olio nnd Ilirn waking up tn discover was her day off. gunman s capture sparks riot From AI'-REUTER BELFAST (CP) Bombs jmd gunfire rocked the cily of Armagh, the religious capital of all Ireland, Wednesday night after a day of mass protest by Northern Ireland's Roman Catholics. Two bombs caused extensive damage in the centre of the cily, whose 120.000 population is Vancouver harbor lies idle VANCOUVER (CP1 Van- couver longshoremen slaved off the docks again Wednesday in a dispute over hiring practices as their employers, anticipating complaints over delayed grain shipments, pleaded their case to the federal government. The l.ROO members of the Vancouver local of the Inter- national Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union are lo vote loday arid Friday on whether to launch an official strike. Meantime, work on Ihe docks remained at a standstill, with 21 ships lied up, II of them wailing for grain. Tho halt was Ihe result of an unofficial strike and Icckoul situation which went into effect during the weekend. FA Strang, president of the British Columbia Maritime ployces1 Association, sent n telegram lo federal Labor Min- ister Marl in OTonneil blaming Iliu union for the stoppage. half Catholic, and 15 shots were fired at troop patrols. Thero were no casualties. The violence in Ihe seat of Ireland's Protostant and Catho- lic archbishops topped a day of gunfire and riot across North- ern Ireland as Catholics took lo the streets to mark the first an- niversary of Ihe British govern- ment's interament-without-trial lawrs. Fierce rioting started in Eel- fast following Ihe capture of guerrilla leader Martin Mec- han. A mob of youths and women hurling fire bombs and rocks Ixisicged more than 500 soldiers in (he Ardoyne district, JM e e h a n s stronghold. Tho Iroops finally drove the mob off with rubber bullets. The capture of Mechan, ono of the most hunted Irish He- publican Army men, demon- strated that such Catholic strongholds as the Ardoyno ceased lo be havens for IRA gunmen when the Brilish troops opened them up 10 days ago. It is not known whether Mee- han, a 26-year-old stevedore, would be put on trial or inter- ned. He escaped from intern- ment last November. STATEMENTS CONFLICT Tho IRA said in a statement that Median gave himself up to avoid bloodshed "by thofo thugs in uniform." But the army said shots were fired at a patrol as it stormed a house in which Median had taken ref- use. The Iroops found the fugi- tive hiding behind a bedroom door, it added. Demonstrations marking the first anniversary of internment without trial erupted in vio- lence in many parts of Belfast Wednesday. Buses were hijacked and binned, crowds and Iroops fought with gasoline bombs and rubber bullets, four soldiers were injured and the army claimed to have shot two gun- men. A man died in a bomb ex- plosion at the border town of Kewry. But an army spokesman said the day had been "generally quieter than we anticipated." The British minister respon- sible for Northern Ireland, Wil- liam Whitelaw, will be review- ing the Northern Ireland situ- ation with Prime Minister Ed- ward Heath and some of his cabinet colleagues in London today. CALGARY (CP) The G70- member Calvary Police Asso- ciation passed a non-confidence motion against the police corn- miss ioti a nd cens ured May or Rod Sykes during a closed meeting Wednesday night. Jt was another chapter in (.he continuing dispute over (he se- lection and later withdrawal of Chief Charles R. Gain as head of the force. The association's action was also an attack on the decision of commission to select a non- Canadian police chief for Cal- gary. And the executive of the asso- ciation was instructed to meet i t h Attorney-General Merv Leilch to ask for changes in the Police Act which will make it mandatory for the chief and deputy chief to be Canadian citizens, and require that any member of the force be a Ca- nadian citizen or British sub- ject. Chief Gain, still head of the Oakland, department, said he withdrew because of Canadian nationalist reaction. His appointment Aug. 1, to take effect Sept. 4, created a storm of controversy from citi- zens and several aldermen. It came (o a climax Tuesday night when council passed a motion by a 7-to-5 vote that the city's new chief must be a Ca- nadian citizen. After the coun- cil meeting, it was revealed Chief Gain had withdrawn al- though he made his decision known in the afternoon. Most opponents to Chief Gain, including aldermen and public speakers, stressed at the coun- cil meeting they were not anti- Ainerican, but only wanted a Calgary officer or a Canadian citizen named to the position. The premier was commenting in an interview on last week's provincial prime ministers' meeting in Halifax. Quebec hEd stood slone many times in the past. "In lire future this will not happen." said Mr, Lougheed. Either Alberta or Ontario mus1 s'and with Quebec so it is not left alone, "even if we do not wholeheartedly support Quebec." On the division of federal and provincial responsibilities, Mr. Umghecd said the conference showed there is a concensus among the provinces for greater with a position CBimciated by the Lougheed government after it took office last September. "What Alberta and other provinces, primarily the Prairie provinces and Ontario, want is more equality and free- dom of said the premier. "I can see Ottawa in trouble if it has a minority gov- ernment and is faced with col- lective provincial stands." Tiie stand of the provinces, said Mr. Lougheed, is not anti-federalism, but rather a return to classic division of fed- eral and provincial responsi- bilities. Premier Lougheed raid the date of the next federal-provin- cial constitutional conference depends on Premier Bourassa of Quebec who had told the pre- miers there will be no such conference until after the fed- eral election. Bennett announces Airlift aiding starving LONDON (AP) The British government ordered today a military airlift of essential sup- plies lo remote Scottish islands starved of food by Britain's two-week national port shut- down. Wide-bellied Hercules trans- port aircraft at the Royal Air Force base of Kinloss, northern Srolland. were standing by to fly 130 tons of flour, cereals, cooking fats and sugar lo the Orkney and Shetland isles. Tli--- food-lift order marked Ihe first use by Prime Minister Edward Heath's government of its emergency powers lo deal with Hie effects of the strike by 42.001) longshoremen. The strik- ers are demanding move job se- curity and severance pay. An RAF spokesman said the airlift will begin Friday. A Scottish office announce- ment said; "The airlift has be- come necessary' to prevent hardship to Ihe islands." Private airlift.1; have already proved insufficient. The Hercules will be flying in a week's supply to both the Or- kney and Shetland islands. The government decision to use its emergency powers, laken a week ago, came after militant longshoremen in Glas- gow refused to load mercy car- goes for Scotland's western isles. The dock workers ignored pleas from islanders' leaders for a temporary break in the blockade which has left hundreds of tons of vital sup- plies for the Hebrides and other islands strike-bound on the quays of Glasgow docks. Another airlift to the western isles was expected shortly. VICTORIA (CP> Premier A. C. Bennett announced Wednesday residents of the four electoral areas in eastern British Columbia will be given the opportunity to decide on whether they will follow cific time or mountain time. Mr. Bennett said a plebis- cite will he held in conjunc- tion with the Aug. 30 provin- cial election in the Kootenay, Columbia River, North Peace River and South Peace River electoral districts. The areas have been general- ly conforming with mountain time, similar to Alberta rather than Pacific time, which is used throughout the rest of B.C. The premier said the deci- sion to hold the plebiscite In response to requests from regional districts, municipali- ties, interested groups and in- dividuals. City athletes fare ivell in national competitions BAIUUIU HOKNi; In f'Ao ill The IxHhbrHtKC A m a I e u r Kwim Club's men's relay team cracked a Cana- dian record at Ibc. Olympic trials. Anchored by Mob Kastinp. poslfd a lime of lo tho Vancouver llolphins by ;i scant Iwo.bim- rtredUiR o! a second. ir, held n mark the for- TTir nior inn's t i nir TM ser- omls, brother Novman was good for 5fi.2, Bill Giilcspie afi seconds flat and Lome. Kern- melt Also in Winnipeg, Barbara Home of IxMli bridge enlcr- cd ;Tonci ro'.ind of Ihe Women's fSoif rii.impionsliip one1 slroko off ilio pace after tliooting a one- wrr-pnr Wndnrsdav. Kin had vniiiuls nf and Sharing Hie load with were Gayle Hortlivvirk of Mis- Mssaufia. Onl., and Gail Moore of Coquillam, B.C. Miss Home played every hole to par except for a bogey four on the 13lh. She (lid not miss a putt under three feet. Her 7T> was one stroke (ban the 77 recorded by nine- lime' national champion. ICUB Streit of Fonlhill, Ont. BOB HASTINGS ;