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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 IETHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, October 13, 1971 Common sight lo see workmen wearing machetes Violence a way of life in Colombia DOG'S BEST FRIEND IS A WOMAN Mrs. Jack Rael holds one of the 25 condemn- ed dogs she balled out of the city animal shelter in tos Angeles at a cost of Mrs. Rael hear allegations (hot the animal shelter treated stray dogs inhumanely, so she set out to rescue some of them. Mrs. Rael, who has three dogs of her own, took the strays to a kennel at a cost of a week.___________________________________________ FOLLOW U.S. LEAD COLOMBO (Reuter) A Dumber of Asian countries have expressed an interest in visits to mainland China following re- cent United States moves to- wards Peking, say Ceylon offi- cials who returned from a Bangkok meeting of the UN con- ference on trade and develop- ment. CLEAN-UP PROGRAM HALIFAX (CP) The Nova Scotia highways department es- timates that it costs an- nually to clean litter from along the province's miles of paved road. One of the major problems facing the department is a large number of abandoned car wrecks. PASS COURSE HALIFAX (CP) The Nova Scotia lands and forests depart ment says have passed its hunter safety and survival pro gram since it was started 3051. But a department spokes man said there is still much t tie done through the education program. By BIIUK LEVKTT BOGOTA (CP) Early this year, across the border in Ec- uador, in the town of Quito 10.000 feet up in the Ancles, police surrounded a rooming- house on a quiet side street. When they moved in, there were shots and a middle-aged surgeon crumpled. His Cana- dian-born wife was taken to jail The doctor was a Colombian who had studied in North America. Ecuadorian authori- ties said he was physician to a band of hill raiders under a man called Tiro Fijo, Spanish for "sure shot." They said he and his wife were 'bandits, in Quito to rob hanks: that he committed sui- cide when he saw he was cor- nered. The wife, from the prison cell where she was held for two months before Canadian authorities arranged her re- lease last March, tried to re- fute the charges with letters to the Colombian and Ecu- adorian press. Her story never was told and she returned lo Canada on her release. Some day she mf.y tell her story in her own now she prefers to gather ui> the pieces of her life far from the violence of South America. The Canadians you meet in Colombia, if they are at all candid, request anonymity. One is the woman who saw the hoy who wrote "viva Cuba" 'on a freshly white- washed wall in Cali just be- fore this summer's Pan-Amer- ican Games. ATE PAINT "The police caught him, beat him, and made him eat the left-over she said. Another woman says that in some places in the hills, teachers are paid in cases of aguardiente, the fiery, licn- rice-tasling liquor of Colom- bia. "They must sell the liquor to get money to live." A businessman tells of the special jail for cabbies and truck drivers. "Each pays a percentage of his salary lo support the jail. He carries a card which in- structs police that if he is picked up he is to he sent to the special jail and not to the lock-up for common crimi- nals." One woman says it costs ei- ther 100 or 500 pesos to obtain a receipt showing you've paid your taxes. "The charge is 100 pesos if you have paid, 500 if you have MUCH VIOLENCE Corruption there may be violence there certainly is. Outside the main centres, it's a common sight to see workmen wearing machetes like Roman short swords. They cut cane with them, slice pineapples in the mar- ket, they'll even mow your lawn with them. They can shave with them and thev fight with them. Colombia has one of the highest kidnap rates of any civilized country, although the victims so far have been con- fined to Colombian nationals and Ihe motives have been economic rather than politi- cal. One wealthy landowner, who has a farm where two ranges of the Andes pinch off the rich Causa valley, lost his right hand and part of his forearm when he fought back against machete-swinging bandits who swept in from the hills. His daughter-in-law, in com- pliance with government in- structions, goes through the countryside with a .38 police positive in her handbag. The Pan.American Games had a two-fold effect on Cali. They brought an influx of un- desirables from outside Co- lombia and a corresponding stern clampdown by police and army. And they brought intrigue and rumors of intrigue. One teacher, observing the Cuban team boarding buses for the return home, pointed out three young men. "I don't know about the rest, but those three are Co- the teacher said. "I taught them last year." His story was that they were taking the place of Cu- bans staying in Colombia as military advisers to the guer- rillas. "Sort of our own version of a cultural exchange." See the NEW 1971 line of DUNLOP BUZZARD BREAKERS WE NOW HAVE A RADIATOR REPAIR SHOP IN PINCHER CREEK AT ,X CERTIFIED SPECI, GREAT WEST TIRE LTD 1203 2nd AVE. S., LETHBRIDGE AL JANZEN, Manager PHONE 378-2443 ON HIGHWAY NO. PINCHER CREEK RUDY BOIDT, Manager PHONE 627-4042 HART M'P-MONT DISCOUNT FOOD CENTRES College Ntall 470 Mb Street South 3M Map STORE HOURS. sswfer THURSDAY THRU' SATURDAY, OCTOBER GUARANTEED MEATS SHOP AND SAVE L-MART SELLS ONLY GOVT. INSPECTED RED OR BLUE BRAND BEEF POPULAR NATIONAL BRANDS GARDEN FRESH PRODUCE SAVE DTI ORIGINATED IN ALBERTA FOR ALBERTA FAMILIES ;