Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
42 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, February 26, 1975 Paraguay's dictatorship a durable By JONATHAN on (he which all Chaco war against New York Times that will be five are in the 1930's left ASUNCION, Paraguay size of Egypt's though the Paraguayans Latin America's most the court and a civil war in 1947 dictatorship has lasted so because of a vast web a generation a few thousand more that most Paraguayans that has justice is not even born when armed forces, out by the the per capital in- Alfredo Stroessner businessmen during police known is about a year, but generation, there meaning this low figure does not "We have governed under fears that even with hairy into account the unequal reign of peace in a of this scope will in of the meagre around us that is shaken able to set the country on in waves, Stroessner of stable, evenly high tide, two universities have often reminded his economic In recent weeks about students Paraguay has in fact since the them. Illiteracy is es- caped the turmoil of are now the to have discovered to be around 50 per instability, military coups the led plot with a third of the pop- guerrilla movements Stroessner and other speaking on the have affected all resembles more closely detentions Indian language. neighbors over the feudalistic numerous and charges the jungles, east of Asun- decade. But since of a bygone close to the Brazilian power in 1954, Stroessner Colorado party he a long history stone age hunting continually repressed a fraternity that draws and are fighting a losing moderate voices of students into remains one of against the onslaughts and presided over an and backward nations land hungry white settlers of almost a million to the In assimilated Indians. stricken contacts. 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More seriously, the impor- tant motion pictures, plays, books and periodicals available in the rest of Europe have become available in Portugal as one of the most concrete signs that the country has broken out of the political and cultural isolation that a 50-year dictatorship had created. Portugal does not know exactly where she is going. She knows where she does not want to go and that is backward to the time before last April 25 when her military forces brought down the old regime and promised democracy. The country is now living with the promise, for the military is very much in control, but signs of democratic change are all around. In addition to seeing and reading pretty, much what he likes, the Portuguese citizen today can demonstrate, meet, associate, put up a wall poster, join a political party or simply hold a street-corner conversation on politics without looking nervously over his shoulder, all of this within fairly wide limits. But if the political structures have been toppled, the economic ones have not. And they are now very much on the defensive along with those who run them.-The revolution has taken place at an unfortunate time. In the economic sense, for stagflation is affecting Portugal even worse than other Euro- pean countries, with their new wage bills hundreds of firms are having trouble keeping afloat and leftists, by far the most vocal of the emerging policical class, keep talking darkly of "economic sabotage" and of the need to bring economic as well as political democracy to Portugal. Businessmen, in short, are having a hard time. Some Portuguese businessmen have decided to take the initiative and go out looking for credits and markets, because hanging over them is the threat that if their businesses do not work, the government may step in and run them. In the long run, this could happen anyway, for nobody in Portugal can say what the future political context will be. 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It is recalled that two million people died in the great Bengal famine in 1942 during British rule without even a word of protest. There were few deaths in the 1967 famine in parts of Bihar state but thousands were on the verge of starva- tion for months without questioning their lot. The present famine in parts of northeast India is giving sleepless Bights to govern- ment politicians and officials. They have not only to arrange for the timely supply of grains to needy areas but guard against demonstrations by the hungry. Hundreds of tribesmen sur- rounded a group of members of the Tripura state assembly when they were passing through the Jatanbari area. The group included Tripura Tribal Minister Haricharan Choudhury. Dozens of villages in Tripura have been hit by a food shortage. Opposition politicians have alleged that the situation is grave. The demonstrators sur- rounded the jeeps carrying the VIPs and wanted to know why the government had "bungled" the food situation. 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