Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wedneiday, Fobruary 1, 1972 THE HfHAlD 35 Latin America frustrating place for young revolutionary By CEOnr.E OEilDA MEXICO CITY (AP) Uilin America can be a fruslralij.g place for a young revolutionary dreams of leading a col- umn of angn', ill-fed peasants against a of self- satisfied and perhaps corrupt politicians. Despite burgeoning population growth, unchecked farm-lo-city migralion, and chronic iinc-ni- pluyment and under cinplov mcnt, Latin America continues. lo be essentially characterised I by deeply entrenched social and I America is still largely com- economi rigidilics. posed of powerless poor mill TJic spectre of masses rising j Powerful military and economic fijJULUU ui up ill indignation against their elites, rulers lias long haunlcd U.S. I There have been 20 stale department policy mnk- ers, bul Ihe pattern for most of Ihe region has been and re- mains one of general acquiesc- or maybe cynical resigna- tion, to the status quo. no hra countries is the na- lure of Ihe power structure nx- "rcvolutions" over Hie last dec- ade bul these usually have in- volved little more than a reshuf- fling of personnel at Ihe lop of the power pyramid. Resistance lo change seems especially characteristic of the smaller countries. Gen. Alfredo _, actly Ilia same. Much as it was I Slroessncr of Paraguay lias 20. 50, or 100 years ago, Latin I often resorted to repressive tac- lies to pul down dissidents hut the popularity of Ins 17-year-old 'paternalistic rule- seems to 1 grow. The Somoza family has run Nicaragua 35 years, accumulat- ing fantastic wealth along the way, hut opposition is weak and fragmented. fn El Salvador, presidential elections are to bfi held shortly and the odds-on favorite is a 1 right-of-cenfrc army gsneiMl, I Arluro Armando Molina, the i hand-picked successor-designate of President Fidel Sanchez Ilcr- nandcz, himself an army gen- eral. In neighboring Guatemala. the la> I (1 e c a d c has marked by bloody political wars i hu! Ihe country firmly in the grasp of a mililary-eco- nomic oligarchy. Civilian presidents serve al i (lie sufferance of Ihe military in Ecuador and the Dominican Re- public. Dcspilc myriad so'jbl' problems and occasional rum- I blmgs ol discontent, Ihe social I structures in both countries re- main largely as they were dec- ades ago. Perhaps (lie element of Latin American society most imper- vious lo change is the Indian population. Whether lie is Mexi- can, Peruvian, Guatemalan or Polivian, the Jndian has never had much use for the trappings of modern civilization. Thwo arc cases of destitute Indians who have made large sums of money in Bolivia from agrarian reform but who have refused lo buy even (he basic necessities they lacked. While a social, political-era- nomic continuity pervades much of I.-jtin America, there i are severe! exceptions to Ihe rule. Perhaps no country in the world has broken more deci- sively with its past during the last 13 years than Cuba. A shift lo the Jeft has producer] a Marx- ist president and a frightened i oligarchy in Cliile. Jn Uruguay, defections out of the Iwo tradi- tionalist parties have made leftist-leaning Broad Front coa- lition a conspicuous force In po- litical life. Although socialism is not an issue, there are signs of politi- cal upheaval in Colombia's rest- less masses. STEREO FAIR See Poge 7 SIMPSONS- ASpecial Feature of Simpsons-Sea Canadian 'Winter adidas The Genuine "3-Stripe" Athletic Shoe Choice of World Champions! Boys' Jeans and Shirts Great Combinations Specially Priced at Just Authentic Adidas are famous worldwide for ihelr superb design and sharp styling. They're the choice of the champ- ions! Great for training, jooging and sports. The College Adidas are lightweight training shoes with smooth leather uppers and black leather s'ripes. Th-ey have moulded rub- ber soles for traction. Sizes 5-11. 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