Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, December 16, 1970 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 31 Franco faces most serious crisis of his career By CV FOX Canadian Press Staff Writer The trial of 1C Basque nation- alists in Spain lias produced the most serious crisis Gen. Fran- cisco Franco has had to face since he took power more than three decades ago. The emergency measures in- stituted by the tough, 78-year- old head of state are themselves an indication of how grimly he evaluates the present situation. The eruption of protest by in- tellectuals and even among the Eoman Catholic clergy are vir- tually without precedent in Spanish history as it has un- folded since the end of the bitter civil war of 1936-39. The trial also caused extra problems in Spain's foreign re- lations, especially those with West Germany and France. Relations with the Vatican, which Franco considered his staunch ally in the civil war, have been gravely complicated, too, in view of the inclusion of ART DIETRICH DENTURE ClINJC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328-4095 two priests among the national- ists accused in the trial. The Basque region has long managed to combine a deep de- votion to the Catholic faith with GEN. FRANCO In tough spot pride in its relatively high standard of living. The Vatican's request foi clemency in the trial was an example of the interest taken by the Pope in this latest example of conflict between the central government in Madrid and the traditionally independent minded B a s q 11 c s of Spain's northland. However, interest in the trial was evident far beyond Home. In fact, not since Franco's vic- torious struggle against the old republic in the civil war has Spain loomed so large as an issue for protesters in the out- side world. West German concern over the courtroom proceedings was bound to be great following the abduction of Bonn diplomat Eugen Eeihl by Basque mili- tants who threatened to kill him if any of the accused national- ists were executed. This in itself was a source of major embarrassment for Cable system drops liookup OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian Radio-Television Commis- sion today announced approval of an application by Golden Tel- evision Ltd., licensee of a cable TV system in Golden, B.C., to discontinue distribution of CHFM-FM, Calgary, and add CKCR radio in Hevelstoke, B.C. Franco. Compounding it was the revival of hostility towards him in such countries as France, Britain and Denmark. T h e anti-Franco criticism voiced in France was suffi- ciently intense to anger govern- ment supporters in Madrid. One conservative newspaper in the capital complained of "a Canada the joiner image on way out OTTAWA Canad- ian government is seeking to rid Canada of the image of a "joiner" in international rela- tions, the Commons external af- fairs committee was told Tues- day. G. S. Murray, head of the ex- ternal affairs department's pol- icy analysis group, said the de- partment has begun seriously to question whether Canada should belong to "every sub-committee of every organization." "We will consciously be look- ing for areas where we are not said Mr. Murray, who co-ordinated preparation of documents for the government's foreign policy white paper, pub- lished in June. The committee is engaged in a chaptcr-by-chapter study of the wliite paper. J. Angus MaeLean peque) described Canada as a chronic joiner of international associations. He mentioned its membership in the Common- wealth, the international union of French-speaking states, and in United Nations peacekeeping operations. Now it was proposing to asso- ciate more closely with the Pa- cific rim nations and there had been suggestions that it take part in the Nordic union of Scandinavian countries. "Shouldn't we sort out our thinking a bit, and decide on our violent campaign against the Spanish government" by the press north of the Pyrenees and charged that France itself is far from being a model democracy Elsewhere, there were alleg i (ions of a Marxist conspiracy to stir up anti-Franco feelings. Demonstrations against the government by Spanish intellec- tuals such as celebrated painter Joan Miro quickly set off a right-wing backlash in the Franco camp which will make life tough for the more moder- ate elements there. Pledges of loyalty to the strong man came from various parts of the army, his ultima source ot support, and uu pro-Franco veterans of the cil war. 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DUCHESS PUTS UP HER DUKES Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, 58, shown with her two adopted sons, battled a long-haired young burglar looking for jewels in her May- fair London, home. The man got away and Scotland yard would not say whether he stole anything. In foreground is Jamie, 7, and at right is Richard, 9. 'orism earns tanker's contempt MONTREAL (CP) A Mont- year, compared with only six In real hanker was critical here of those who believe that an end o terrorism "can only be >rought about by the removal of the breeding ground of social and economic unrest." 1969, Mr. Walker said. Revenues climbed 21.5 per cent to million while expen- ses were ?G09 million, up 22.6 per cent over the previous year. The resulting balance of reve- G. Arnold Hart, chairman and nuc of S93 million represented chief executive officer of the Janlc of Montreal, said this dan- gerous argument has been ad- "by unthinking people of joodwill and by self-seeking eople as a means of promoting heir political objectives." Addressing the bank's 153rd annual meeting of shareholders, e said: "I call this a dangerous argu- ment because, to evoke a pectre of violence as a per- uader in the movement for re- orms, can only serve to give iolence a degree of legitimacy n the political process which it imply does not deserve. 'Just as war has been called an extension of diplomacy by ther means, so terrorism, ac- ording to this thesis, could be onsidercd an extension of poli- cs. In a democratic society, no nore subversive doctrine can j imagined." Mr. Hart made it clear, how- that he was not denying le need for measures to im- rove the economic and social 'ell-being o- many Canadians. BED TAX CUTS Mr. Hart said he is convinced general reduction in taxes rould be among the most effec- ve ways of promoting strong, iflalion-free growth. Mr. Hart said action is ur- sntly needed to deal with the cute unemployment problems n particular parts of the coun- and that direct government utlays should help in the short :rm. J. Leonard Walker, B of M resident, told the shareholders le bank is looking for moder- .e progress in 1971. The bank opened an addi- onal 30 branches in the last an increase of 15 per cent. Crude oil get more CALGARY (CP) Imperial Oil Ltd. announced here that it will increase the price it pays Canadian producers for crude oil by about 25 cents a barrel. The company said in a state- ment the increase, first in eight years, is in line with _jcreased crude oil prices that have al- ready come into effect in ma- jor producing areas of the ft-orld, including the United States. The increase is effective im- mediately. Prices for crude oil hi Alber- ta range from about to a barrel. ports betting aids held WASHINGTON (AP) The slice department, in what it the largest co-ordinaled iti-gambling raids ever, has rrested 27 persons in an effort to crack down on illegal sports operations. A department spokesman said more than half the raids in- volved illegal professional foot- ball betting operations. Agents confiscated in currency during the raids, which oc- curred in 2ii cities around the United .Stales. A prime target was Las Vegas, Nev., where two top ex- ecutives of Caesars Palace, a gambling casino, were charged with using telephones to aid racketeering. Three Las Vegas betting houses also were raided on a charge of "in effect acting as illegal underwriters to the nations top the department said. Christmas cards being mailed free by MPs OTTAWA (CP) About one million Christmas cards are being mailed free by MPs, officials estimated Tuesday. Another one million are being sent out, postage paid, by MPs. The total of some two mil- lion Christmas cards from Parliament Hill is an easy record. The previous high, last year, was 1.5 million. MPs are entitled to send mail free. About half of them use this franking priv- ilege to mail Christmas cards free. Reduce troops in Vietnam SAIGON (AP) Tire United Slates command announced here that U.S. troops strength in Vietnam has dropped below beating President Nixon's withdrawal timetablo by three weeks. Nixon already has announced that U.S. forces in Vietnam will be reduced another 60.000 troops by nest Hay 1, and informed sources said of these will be cut by (bo. end of (lie year, drop- ping American strength to I about men.