Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, May 24, 1973 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD 31 Controversial mural Luis Merino, 30, Mexican mural painter working on a LIP grant at Gorge Road hospital for elderly, in Victoria, stands in front of cne of four murals the hospital says it will paint over unless changes are made. Patients have complained about con- tent and striking style. Leasing frees your working capital. Leasing provides reliable transportation at low cost. You just sign a contract and pay ONE regular monthly fee. Your lease can include maintenance, licence and in- surance coverage. Contact BORIS KORESHENKOV, Leasing and Insurance Dept. BENY AUTOMOT5VE ENTERPRISES 2nd AVE., 9th ST. S. PHONE 328-1101 ibliower set May 28 COALDALE (HNS) A com- munity shower honouring Miss j Dorothy Krosker, June bride- elect, will be held in the Coal- I dais United Church Hall on Monday, May 28 at p.m. I Everyone is welcome. GAS TAXES Canada's 10 provinces collect about million in gasoline taxes each year. Libya's 'cultural revolution' Government by the 'popular masses' By HENRY TANNER New York Times Service TRIPOLI, Libya On April 15 Col. Muammar El-Qaddafi, the Libyan leader procUvpecl a "cultural revolution" and de- clared that he was turning the government of his country over to "the popular masses." Since then, people's commit- tees, made up mostly of young workers and students, have become the. controlling force in each town and hamlet, in gov- ernmental agencies, state-run utilities, factories, farms, hos- pitals, schools, university de- partments and foreign oil companies. A total of 428 committees have been formed so far with sweeping powers to oust bu- reaucrats and executives for laziness or on political grounds. In addition, foreign diplomats estimate that up to peo- ple have been arrested, in the first such wave of detentions since Qaddafi came to power nearly three years ago. Some of those arrested had been denounced by people's committees. Others were ar- rested first and then dismissed from their jobs by a commit- tee. OUT OF BLUE The new which the colonel announced in a speech April 15, appeared to have coma cot of the blue. But foreign diplomats here say that they believe that the genesis of the colonel's action was anti- Egyptian riots in Benghazi on Feb. 26. The riots erupted during the funeral for the 55 Libyan vic- tims among the more than 100 passengers killed Feb. 21 when a Cairo-bound Libyan airliner was shot down over the Is- raeli-Occupied Sinai Peninsula. Libyans, including some members of the government, have reproached the Egyptian Air. Force for net having warn- ed the pilot of the plane that it was going astray before it crossed the Suez Canal, and for not sending up Egyptian planes to protect it once it was over Israeli-he 11 territory. FEELING To Qaddafi. the Benghazi riots were saii to have shown fc'.1 the first time how deep a feeling there was in Ms coun- try against a projected mer- ger with Egypt that he is cham- pioning. The Egyptian-Libyan union has been scheduled to take effect on Sept. 1. Foreign diplomats say that Qaddafi is determined to over- come Libyan resistance to the move by all possible means. Many of those arrested since he made the proposal last sum- mer, the dipvanats report, were known opponents of the merger. In his April 15 speech, Qad- dafi endorsed the complaints against the Egyptian Air Force, but added that there would have been no Benghazi riots if the police had been armed, as they now are. The 30-year-old Qaddafi also complained about the lethargy of. the Libyan response to his call for spiritual orientation, hard work and austerity. "We have modern armed forces, but there are no he said. "We asked for recruits but no one came forward. "Only Palestinians and Egyp- tians accept working in most places, but Libyan engineers, doctors and teachers refuse to work there. The colonel said that he had found ignorance "instead of knowledge" at Libyan "centres for hygiene and education." NEW DISEASE "There is a new disease these he went on. "Everyone others. The light fantastic. What improves the light, gentle taste of a four .year old whisky? Blending it with the mellow smoothness of an eight year old. And only Three Feathers does it. Sip the light fantastic. ,y Your assurance of qjaiify wants to continue his studies in lh-3 United States. We need him here, but he says, 'I want a doctorate.' The second major objective of his "cultural revolution" ob- viously is to shatter this com- placency. The which appears aimed also at ending opposition to the merger with Egypt, embodies five points. One provides for forma- tion of the people's commit- tees. Qaddafi defined the other points as follows: "We must purge all the sick people who talk of Com- munism and atheism, who make propaganda for the West- ern countries and advocate capitalism. We shall put them in prison." "We will distribute arms to the masses." "We live by the Koran, God's book. We will reject any idea that is not based on it. Therefore we enter into a cul- tural revolution to refute ar.d destroy all misleading books which have made youth insane and sick. These backs must be burned." "We must suspend all the laws now in force." This final point, in practice, means that any law or local regulation that gets in the way of a people's committee can be lifted at the commit- tee's request. It then proposes a new regulation, which, how- ever, must be endorsed by the' Council of the Revolution, the junta that Qaddafi heads. NO AIMS As far as is known, no arms have yet been distributed, other than to police and militia units already organized. "The take-over by the pop- ular as the govern- ment-run newspapers term the activities of the people's com- mittees, lias been different in each case. Student committees dismiss- ed three professors in the edu- cation departments of the na- tional universities, two for be- longing to the Moslem brother- hood, a secret organization that Qaddafi (ices not tolerate, and one on the ground that he was en Arab of "uncertain nation- At the headquarters of for- eign companies, the commit- tees' first action was to abolish executive They put guards on the telex rooms and forbade the use of the corn-san- ies' coding machines. They made sure that the executive's offices remained open, in some cases by knocking off the dcors, and moved the executives' sec- retaries to the secretaries' so that dictation could be over- heard. The companies are en- gaged in key negotiations with Libya over the Libyan de- mand for "full control" over their operations. The Western oil companies are the only private concerns with people's committees in their headquarters. Though ostensibly meant to break Libyan resistance to QiTddafi's union with Egypt, the cultural revolution "and its people's committees are view- ed in some diplomatic quarters as constituting an obstacle to the kind of merger that the Egyptians would accept. A diplomat here commented that with each speech, Qaddafi committed himself more fully to the idea of the merger, and with each action he made real unity more difficult. Cairo is one of the world's most sophisticated cities and many Egyptians probably want no part of the Libyan cultural revolution. At the colonel's news confer- ence on May 13, an editor from Al Ahram, the authoritative Cairo newspaper, asked whe- ther, with the "wave of arrests now under way in Qad- dafi felt that "conditions for a merger with Egypt are still favorable." 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