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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, October 16, 1973 Making strong popularity comeback King Hassan makes personal gains Familiar sight Groups of aging Chinese gathered in front of the Chinese-language newspapers are a familiar sight in Vancouver's Chinatown. The men read copies of the paper posted on the front window.1" By HENRY GINIGER Now York Times Service RABAT, Morocco After two summers of near dis- aster, King Hassan II appears to have made a strong com- eback, displaying his populari- ty with Morocco's masses, dealing harshly with his op- ponents and working harder than ever before. Observers of Moroccan politics say that one of the most remarkable things about the summer now ending is that nothing very dramatic has happened After Hassan nearly lost his throne and his life in bloody military attacks in July, 1971 and August, 1972, Rabat had begun to wonder whether such events had not become part of the annual summer scene. UPSURGES Sudden upsurges of violence are never ruled out in this volatile country and some guerrilla activity did occur last spring but was quickly snuffed out Active opposition to the King continues, but this summer he gave a stronger impression of being firmly seated on his throne than at any time in the last two years. Venturing forth from the seclusion of his several palaces, the King has made personal appearances in several parts of the country and was well received wherever he went, notably in the countryside where he in- augurated two dams as well as a program of takeovers of farmlands held up to now by French, Spanish and other foreign nationals. The monarchy's greatest strength has traditionally been found among the peasantry and the political opposition, based mainly in the urban middle class, has made little headway in the countryside. The reception accorded the 43-year-old king at the events indicated that this situation still held. But in Casablanca, the country's largest city and its industrial and business center, Hassan was also well received. A large part of Casablanca's 1.5 million pop- ulation are relatively recent transplants from the rural areas, occupying miles of shantytowns around the city. Whatever discontent job- lessness and bad living con- ditions may engender was not evident in the greeting hundreds of thousands of them gave the King a few weeks ago. The land takeover and an accompanying program of "moroccanizing" foreign held business firms are evidently popular. More than acres, including some of the most fertile cereal lands, are being recovered in an effort to end some of the last vestiges of the colonial days when Morocco lived un- der French and Spanish protectorates. The country became independent in 1956, but many foreign-held farms were allowed to continue operating until now. ROLE QUESTIONED Morocco has acknowledged the principle of compensation, but the questions of who will pay and how much are still un- der discussion, with the Moroccans showing great reluctance to shoulder the financial burden. They are un- derstood to prefer to see France and Spain assume the costs for their own nationals. No early distribution of the land to Moroccan peasants is in prospect although this too has been promised. The lands are expected to be operated by the government for at least a year. The French population of and the Spanish popula- tion of which in addition to farms had been running a wide variety of businesses, are expected to thin out con- siderably over the next few years. The principle of con- stitutional monarchy with a popularly elected assembly, provided for in a constitution promulgated by the King 18 months ago, appears to have been laid aside for the moment. The political parties are un- happy about their continued isolation from power but are in a weak position to do much about it. They are badly split among themselves, some of their leaders are in jail or in flight and their press is being regularly seized whenever it becomes too critical. Sears The great-to-be-alive look" from Max Factor Brings out the beauty in your instantly. It's the look of the decade. 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A girl leaves her apartment to hitch a ride to the University of California at San Diego, a few miles down the coast, where she's a first year graduate student in the philosophy department. She never arrives; but the parents of Diane Jonas have not given up hope- they are increasing their reward for information. Five months have passed. Farther up the California coast four other University of California students are found dead and mutilated in the un- derbrush. They had all been thumbing rides to or from the University's Santa Cruz cam- pus. Around Boston, seven girl students are murtfrea'; four had been hitch-hiking. At the University of Colorado, out of 120 rape cases reported in a year, nearly half have hitch- hikers as their victims. UNHEED WARNING Unhappily, Wayne Henley's warning which is being repeated today by more worried parents than ever before is not likely to be heeded by many young people. The youth culture brooks no infringements on its liberties and, in California at least, it often has no other quick, economic means of Financial necessity and "a trusting openness which is the diehard remnant of the Woodstock generation" is behind the rise in hitchiking rape and murder, writes the editor of a University of .California journal in San Diego, where a new organisa- tion called "Sisters Share a Ride" is encouraging women who have no other mode of transport to accept lifts only from other women "DON'T TAKE YOUR LIFE FOR A RIDE" warns one of their posters, which shows a girl asking women drivers: "Don't leave your sister standing A leader of this group, Denny Martin, says that in fact very few women do pick up hitch-hikers of either sex. "We want to reach them. The traditional response to the fear of assault among women has been to deny themselves freedom to move about. Now that women are seeking the right to an existence of their own we need a better way of self-protection." In this car-oriented society, local authorities are often un- willing to run buses at a deficit for students. Univer- sities may scrape together unds or some limited tran- sportation, as the San Diego college has done with its "Coast Cruiser" which makes several daily trips from small communities to the rather isolated campus near San Diego. But most anti-rape programmes consist simply of warning students to avoid hitching by night and to travel with a partner. And if the worst happens, groups like HARM (Humans Against Rape and Molestation) offer free counselling services to women who have been attack- ed few of them report the assault to the police. What of the non-student runaways, the million youngsters who leave home annually and "hit the road" without warning their parents? The average age of these disappearing youths is now 15 and falling, and although eventually all but 5 per cent telephone home or return, some fall victim to criminals. Wayne Henley told police he picked up several hitch-hiking runaways at the behest of sexual, psychopath Dean Allen Corll, who promis- ed for each victim. Corll would presumably still be at work today had he not tried to assault Henley, who claims he shot him in self-defence. NO EXPLANATION Noone has offered a viable explanation of the increase in the "runaway" syndrome. The campuses are peaceful, the older student population appears to be settling back to work after the disturbances of recent years, yet, according to the U.S. Senate's Juvenile Delinquency Sub-Committee, nearly more boys and girls are fleeing home annual- ly than just two years ago, when it was supposed that the "flower children" business was ending. It has to do, one supposes, with the tensions of living in this ever-changing, highly mobile society, in which millions are brought up without community roots and the kind of moral values, good or bad, that go with stability.' California is the great target: of the tens of thousands of runaways reported here each year, police say that more than half come from other states. Their names fill boards and small ad columns in all the big cities. They stand at every freeway entrance. They make use of any "crash pad" offered, in company not often of the most salubrious. Dope is cheap here will buy you an overdose) and so is life 000 murders in Los Angeles alone last year.) What is being done to trace missing children and to help them? Shelters have been es- tablished in cities favoured by the young, most of them with private money from charities and individuals but these can cope with only a small portion of the million runaways. Congress is now considering a Bill which would set up more and better shelter facilities with million in federal funds. This "Youth Runaway Act" envisages houses holding no more than 20 youngsters, to ensure proper care. A second Bill, the brainchild of Senator Walter Mondale, a Minnesota Democrat, would lay out another million for youth counselling services, "hot neighbourhood centres and the like. Senator Mondale, chairman of the Sub-Committee on Children and Youth, says of the Houston killings: "There's no way to prevent a perverted murderer from killing his vic- tims once they come under his influence. But if our society provided a more sympathetic and constructive environment for youngers with problems the chance they would res- pond to the demands of a dangerous adult would be reduced." LOO LESSONS TOKYO (AP) A new- spaper suggested that Tokyo television stations give instructions on how to use Western-style toilets. "The Japanese have been ac- customed to the squat system wrote the English-lan- guage Mainichi Daily News. "The general trend is toward wider adoption of the im- ported system. ;