Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
40 LETHBRIDGE HERALD May 1974 Portugal revolt fallout blows toward Spain LISBON Fallout from the Portuguese revolt is blowing toward Spain. Diplomats here say it can't be stopped. But there are varying opinions on how far it will penetrate the regime of elderly Gen. Francisco Franco. Whatever the Portugal's 180- degree turn from press secret political repression and one-man rule is believed to be causing profound worry in Madrid where Franco has followed such a line for 35 years. Franco and his cabinet took up the matter this week but made no comment. The government-controlled Spanish press viewed the Portuguese revolt by Gen. Antonio de Spinola as something to be expected because of the country's unfruitful 13-year war in its African provinces. The Spanish press made no suggestion that such a thing can happen in Spain because the Franco government has no colonial wars to disturb the. domestic situation. Political sources in Lisbon that the parallels between the two Iberian sisters are too many to ig- nore. For one of the first things Spinola did after taking over was begin a campaign to wipe out political police. Spain's political police have the same and the same powers the Portuguese policemen once held. must make some people in Madrid very nervous to read about Portuguese citizens chasing and beating up the secret a diplomat said. Spinola also freed political perhaps more than 100 in his first 24 hours. Spain is estimated to have nearly persons serving long sentences for political offences. Several are guerrillas dedicated to overthrowing Franco and everything he stands for. The new military junta of Spinola also has touched a Spanish sore spot by declaring political parties would be allowed for the first time in more than 40 years. New Spanish Premier Carlos Arias Navarro has promised in but it is unlikely he will permit genuine political activity. He said in a speech just before the Portuguese revolt that political parties breed con- frontations with authorities. Thousands of Portuguese have demonstrated in the painting hammers and sickles on store windows and shouting for liberty since Spinola and his junta came to power. Unused to such the Portuguese can't seem to get enough of demonstrations. One seems to break out almost every hour. This kind of action in Spain still means jail and clubbing for demonstrators. Spinola rode a wave of unpopularity over the country's African policies to power and took over the country virtually without firing a shot. Spanish politicians reacting to the news from Portugal said they would expect more resistance from such a situation in Spain. Revenge A car said to have be- longed to a member of the Portuguese secret police burns on a street in Lis- bon after it was set afire by a crowd. Chileans now marching to tune of new drummer Sears Scandinavian-style semi-sheer drapes. 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The country now is marching along a different road to the tune of a different drummer. The bombed-out shell of La Chile's presidential its face stands as a gaunt reminder of the stormy events of Sept. 11 and of the nearly three years of tumultuous rule in which Dr. Allende sought to nudge Chile along the road to socialism. But as time the military junta has reversed political and economic signals and begun the process of unscrambling many of the decisions taken by Dr. Allende and his Marxist leaning associates. HAVE THE MUSCLE This new process is far from and it is not entirely clear where the country is but it is evident that Chile's new representing the combined armed forces and the national are determined to turn the country around. They have both the influence and the muscle to do so. And there is no mistaking that this is a military dictatorship. it is a hard-line dictatorship planning to remain in office indefinitely. In the exercise of its dictatorial Chile's headed by Army General Augusto Pinochet has virtually put an end to Chile's long cherished political freedoms. Congress 'is broad press censorship is in and many constitutional guarantees of human rights and individual freedoms have been abridged. the military have cracked down hard on supporters of the late Dr. Allende. Thousands were rounded up immediately after the military coup on Sept. and although most now have been many of the leading figures of the Allende government are imprisoned on bleak Dawson Island in the Straits of Magellan. Many more of Dr. Allende's supporters are still in being searched for by the or are in exile abroad. To the military who have assigned to themselves most of the posts in the the straightening out of Chile's economy is the key immediate task. Chile's economy has long been a fragile affair. The Allende years in many ways proved difficult ones economically as Dr. Allende sought to change the economic structure from a capitalist one to a socialist one. Many problems and when the military took over in the economy was in a shambles. It is just as precarious today. The problem is a serious one. Inflation here is extremely having hit 700 per last year and certain to go as high as 400 or 500 per cent this year. The military clearly believes in a free enterprise system in which the market rules the economy. Price have been allowed to find their own but wages with only periodic adjustments have not kept pace. This has led to serious belt tightening on the part of all but those most affected are the lower income groups making up fully half of the population. Interestingly some of the ideas of the late Allende government .are not being altered. Those firms that were expropriated legally under Chilean such as the onetime United States Copper are going to remain as state enterprises. the extensive land reform law will be followed. At the same there are some other surprising contradictions in the military approach. There is a strong streak of concern for social justice among the military. They appear to be deeply committed to some of the concepts of human welfare that were part of Dr. Allende's philosophy. is a dictatorship with a social is the way a civilian only slightly associated with the junta puts it. New Zealand to curtail immigrants By J. C. GRAHAM CP Correspondent N.Z. Contingency planning to stop the flow of immigrants to New Zealand getting out of hand has been ordered by the New Zealand government. It is alarmed at soaring unemployment in countries closely associated with New Zealand and fearful that great numbers of jobless new- comers may disrupt the econ- omy. The reason for the alarm is the contrast in the employ- ment situation in New Zea- land compared with else- where.- the crisis in Britain the unemployed there are numbered in mil- lions. nearby the workless have recently risen to from unemployed total for the whole of New Zealand is 875. At pne time recently not one person was registered unemployed in the largest city in the country. or employ- ment is an article of faith with all New Zealand governments and there has been virtually no substantial unemployment at any time since the Second Vorld War. Most other considerations are to the over- aim of ensuring jobs for ill. BRITAIN CHIEF SOURCE Britain is the main country which immigrants are actively recruited and there is a constant two-way flow of workers between Australia and New Zealand without any need for work per- mits or other documents. So with the unemployment situation becoming serious in both Britain and and troubles ahead from oil the New Zealand government fears the situ- ation could get out of hand. New Zealand House in Lon- which processes appli- cations for assisted has been overwhelmed in re- cent weeks by people seeking to leave Britain. Firm appli- cations last month totalled more than three times the number in the same month' the year before- Several New Zealand trade unions have called on the gov- ernment to restrict immigra- tion until future economic prospects are clearer- Announcing the preparation of contingency the min- ister of labor and deputy prime Hugh said excessive immigration would not only cause employ- ers problems' but impose se- vere strains on and health services. SKILLED JOBS VACANT But T. K. president of the central trade union the Federation of La- acknowledged that there is a shortage of skilled labor in New Zealand and that re- cruitment of skilled workers is still needed. Page after page of every newspaper is devoted entirely to small advertisements by despairing employers seeking qualified staff. Not only is there no unem- but there are far more jobs available than workers to fill them. Whether such a situation will continue if oil becomes shorter and some industries are forced to reduce oper- ations is uncertain but the general opinion here is that the cushion of vacant jobs is so substantial that a good deal of slack could be taken up before any unemployment developed. Newspaper editorials also quote economists who insist that immigrants to New Zea- land usually create more jobs than they since so many of their needs have to be filled from and that the net result of immigration is to make employment fuller than ever. Ottawa doubles housing budget to million OTTAWA The federal government is contributing million to help some low-income families buy homes at low in- terest rales. Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford announced in the Commons. This means the budget will be doubled for the assisted home ownership Mr. Basford said in a reply to Kd Kroadbcnt Mr. Broadbcnt said the average cost of a house in Toronto increased by last month and asked what plans the government has to offset the especially for low-and middle-income groups. The average cost for homes in Toronto during April was A spokesman for Central Mortgage and Housing which administers the said it permits loans for housing at net rates as low as six per cent. The loans formally are between eight and per but federal and provincial subsidies reduce the over-all rate. program was authorized last but it didn't gel started until the CMHC spokesman said. like this take some lime to get In the last four months of loans were made on new houses and existing units.