Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday, May 11, 1973 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD S Franco losing power control By ROD CURRIE Canadian Press Staff Writer Recent street demonstrations in Spain have challenged Gen. Francisco Franco from an un- usual direction--the far right- indicating that the jockeying for power in the post-Franco era al- ready has started. Until the Madrid march this week by nationalists and members of the far-right Fa- lange movement, following a similar outburst five days ear- lier, Franco had been pre- occupied with left-leaning work- ers, the students and liberal- minded leaders of the Roman Catholic church. Within the limited spectrum of politics in Spain it has been impossible for ultra-con- servatives to find a niche to the right cf dictator Franco, 81 and in failing health, and his rub- ber-stamp parliament. But the recent trend of strikes, violence and evidence of liberal thinking now has left him open to criti- cism from ultra-right and fas- cist elements for being too lenient. The fact that authorities did not seek to disrupt the demon- strations led to some specula- tion that Franco condoned them, since they served to strengthen his reported plans to replce some cabinet members with more severely right-wing men. LOOK PAST FRANCO But in the broader sense, ob- servers suggest the demonstra- tions were orchestrated by indi- viduals looking to the post- Franco era rather than seeking to challenge Franco himself. Signs and slogans at the rally were aimed at various cabinet members and urged Franco to rule through army power rather than through parliament. Franco, head of state since the end of the 1936 civil war, has said he will not relinquish power until he dies or become incapacitated. The hero in Madrid Monday was Gen. Iniesta Cano, who fought with the Germans against Russia in the Second World War and has been gain- ing increasing support among reactionary elements in Spain. The crowds chanted "Iniesta to a reference to his ambition to succeed Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco as chief of government. The cause of the outbreaks was the death of a young police- man stabbed during a clash with left-wing May Day demon- strators. ABUSE RC GROUP The crowds also seized the opportunity of the policeman's funeral to hurl abuse at Opus Dei, a Catholic lay association with which some cabinet minis- ters are affiliated. And they called for the execu- tion of Madrid's liberal arch- bishop, Msgr. Vicente Enrique y Taraneon, who earlier had condemned both the killing of the policeman and the recent beatings of priests and liberal Catholic workers by right-wing elements. Speakers at the demonstra- tion criticized him for linking the two incidents, saying the priests were "fellow travellers who deserved what they got. But while the rightists held the spotlight, with members of the fascist-rooted Falange giv- ing their stiff-armed salute, workers at a Barcelona car plant were engaged in a 10-day strike and lock-out, although strikes are illegal in Spain. Thus, whatever the right-wing resurgence may accomplish, most observers believe it is un- likely at present to distract Franco for long from what he considers is the most imme- diate challenge to his author- growing dissidence on the left. Legal care plan system predicted EDMONTON CCP) legal care system similar to medical care insurance will be estab- lished eventually, Pat Sommer- vill, director of Alberta's legal aid system, predicts. He said the concept of legal aid is growing in Canada. Five provinces including Alberta now participate in a scheme with the federal government and more are expected to join. Mr. Sommervill said some jurisdictions in the United States have modified legal care plans already. Such a plan is inevitable for Alberta, he said, "but it's a while down the road." Farm bill receives approval WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate agriculture committee has approved a farm bill that would cut farm costs to the gov- ernment when the market is high but raise subsidies when the market is low. The bill, approved Wednes- day, sets an "established price" for wheat, feed grain and cotton amounting to 70 per cent of usual market levels. For dairy products, it would be 80 per cent. As long as the market price remains at the established price, farmers would get no cash from the government. But if the established price falls be- low the market price, the gov- ernment would make up the dif- ference. The established prices, set at 2fl a bushel for wheat. per bushel for com and 43 cents per pstmd for cotton, would be adjusted annually for five years. The set dairy price, which varies for products, will be in effect for only one year. Stations closed WASHINGTON (AP) The Office of Emergency Pre- paredness announced yester- day its surveys show 562 gaso- lijie stations across the United State have closed because of short supplies and another are threatened. Darrcll M. Trent, acting di- rector of OEP, repeated his earlier assertion that any short- ages will be spot in nature. 'Trent estimated the latest ccunt of stations closed or threatened with closing account for less than one per cent of the gasoline stations in the country. He told the Edmonton Cham- ber of Commerce there has been an increase in the number of persons covered by legal aid, primarily due to a new federal- provincial agreement that help ed boost the Alberta legal aid system's budget to million this year from last year. He told a news conference af- ter t h e chamber meeting that the provincial program ulti- mately will be widened to cover more areas, rather than to pro- vide aid to persons now consid- ered ineligible by virtue of high income. He suggested citizens might ultimately be able to seek legal aid for violations of the High- way Traffic Act and Liquor Control Act as well as sum- mary conviction offences such as common assault now cover- ed by the Criminal Code. He said the legal aid pro- gram in Alberta is not a "so- cial-dole program.'1 Applicants usually are asked to sign interest free promis- sory notes to be repaid when the applicant is able. He said collections on the notes should reach about 000 this year but some loans never will be repaid. Guidelines covering those eligible for legal aid are flex- ible, said Mr. Sommervill, but persons without assets should be guaranteed legal services at least equal to those a man of modest means could afford. Of 8.500 persons who applied for legal aid in 1972, re- ceived it. Gov't prepared to share cost of coal study OTTAWA (CP) The fed- eral environment department is prepared to share the cost of an economic study with Brit- ish Columbia on the best way of shipping coal to the west coast, a spokesman in Environ- ment Minister Jack Davis' of- fice said today. Premier Dave Barrett told Prince Rupert City council yes- terday that the provincial gov- ernment was prepared to split costs of a study only if it finds that a federal study recom- mending nearby Ridley Island as a coal port is environmen- tally sound. Mr. Barrett said he has or dered two environmental eval- uations of the Ridley Island study. The spokesman said Mr. Da- vis had held talks with En- ergy Minister Donald Macdon- ald and Premier Barrett in Vancouver Sunday and a joint. study was discussed. No crop failure buffer World grain reserves dip Grape tying Teams cf workers in the Niagara Peninsula have used miles of grape twine, as they complete the spring task of securing vine branches to suport wires m acres of vineyards. Mrs. Herbert Lilies is shown with other helpers in the family vineyards licated within the city limts of St. Catherines, Ontario. VNITED NATIONS (AP) World grain reserves have dipned to a point where rich and poor countries alike will de- pend "on the vagaries of a single year's weather" for ade- quate supplies, a UN group was told yesterday. Remaining stocks no longer piovide an adequate buffer against crop failure, said E. M. Ojala, assistant director of the world Food and Agriculture Or- ganization He said food supplies for mil- lions during the coming year thus will depend almost entirely on 1973 harvests. "This is not a tolerable hu- man condition in the latter part of the 20th the New Zealander added in a report to the UN Economic and Social Council. "Governments and farmers in several important regions have reacted promptly to the situ- he said. "But the crop outlook is still demonstrated by recent floods in the United States." Ojala said the FAO will pro- pose at its meeting next month in Rome a "minimum world food security' program. The proposal from FAO Di- recto r-General Addeke H. Boerma of the Netherlands would involve consultations and j recommendations by the major I gram-consuming countries On minimum national reserves of i food grains. "The world has drifted into this time of danger because there is, up to this moment, no acceptance by the intenrational community of the concept of a minimum safe level of basic food stocks for the world as a Ojala said. The world could afford this so long as the Unite States and Canada had huge surpluses, he said. "But these have now dis- appeared the governments concerned have developed new techniques for adjusting produc- tion to demand.' 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