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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta High 60, rain. The LetHbrtdge Herald Vol. LXV No. 224 LETHBRJDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1972 PHICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 40 PAGES I -i ARABS KILL ONE ISRAELI, HOLD OTHERS HOSTAGE IN DARING RAW Qiaos Parliament's Terrorists force suspension of Olympics final hours By VICTOtt MACK1E Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Parliament Hill, focal point of iha election scene, attracted large crowds of tourists over the Labor Day weekend, despite cloudy, cool and rainy weether that has continually marred the capital's sum- mer. The visitors apparently wanted to be whero the "action is" and glimpsed many familiar faces. Mem- bers ot Parliament, relieved that the prime minister had finally called the election for Oct. 30, were hurry- Ing to and from their offices, packing and making many long distance calls lining up their campaign work- ers. The holiday weekend was an anti-climax to Fri- day's dramatic developments that marked the end ol the emergency session ot Parliament. The press gal- lery on the third floor back of the centre block had beer, jammed with its regular inhabitants and scores of visiting newsmen creating a continual hubbub. Over the weekend it was practically empty with only two or three pounding typewriters. The press had been kept scurrying that fateful Friday Sept, I. It could go down in Liberal party annals as a great day to be remembered, or one best to be forgotten, depending on the outcome of the elec- tion. Rumors flew. It was reminiscent of the turbulent days in the gallery when the Diefenbakei- government was disintegrating. An election atmosphere had per- varted Parliament Hill for the two days that Parliament sat in emergency session to ram through the back-to- work bill designed to end the stoppage at the west toast ports. Days numbered The Commons completed the job it had been sum- moned to do. Members of all parties then waited for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to make the next move and call an election. He hesitated, he stalled, he fenced with the press in their frequent encounters. But he got the message loud and clear, not only from the opposition but from the Liberal backbenchers. They had had enough. They wanted an election called now, net nexi spring. The sittings of Parliament Thurs- day and Friday showed both sides in a pre-election mood. Challenges and counter challenges were hurled across the Commons chamber. Clearly the days of the unruly House should be numbered, to resume the sitting later this' fall would bring political chaos. Tho press gallery was in a turmoil as unconfirmed reports "circu- lated about the prime minister's plans to visit Govern- or General Roland Michener and obtain dissolution. The House has opened its second day at 11 a.m. Friday. After a hectic question period it turned to the emergency bill and had completed its passage two hours later. It went to the Senate where it got quick approval. The word was passed that it would receive Hoyal Assent at p.m. in the upper house. Shortly after the lunch hour the prime minister called a cabinet meeting unexpectedly. He gave them the news that he was about ready to call an election for Oct. 30. When he emerged he was surrounded by the legions of the press, radio and television. He would only say he expected to call a press conference for six o'clock. He forced his way through the melee leav- ing newsmen to speculate on the election dale. Later Trudeau was to disclose that he had finally made up his mind to call an election just before that afternoon. He had heard from tho Liberal campaign commit- tee that the signs and portents appeared to favor a fall election. He had also heard from Cliief Electoral Of- ficer J. M. Hamcl that the electoral machinery could be shifted into high gear for a vote at the end of Octo- ber, provided he was notified before Friday night. That gives him 59 days, but Ihe long Labor Day holiday will complicate things. Off to Government House hurried the prime min- ister. "Just going for a ride to he quipped to re- porters. Then it was back to Parliament Hill and the word was passed to Ihe cabinet as he prepared to meet the Liberal caucus. House prorogecl The bells had summoned the senators for royal assent. The Commons bells rang to call the members to their scats. There was bedlam in the House as ex- pectant and excited MPs waited for the final hours of the 28lh Parliament to lie played out. But they wcle to be denied the final dramatic scene of disolution. The pounding on the Commons door by the Gentle- man Usher of the Black Rod, the messenger from tho Senate, was lost amid the noise. Speaker Luclen Lam- oureux called for order and restored some semblance of quiet and dignity. The MPs heard the summons from the senate's representative to attend the upper house for royal assent. They went to the more lavish gold-ceilinged upper chamber. There they beared with surprise not only royal assent but an announcement of prorogation, lha end of Ihe session. That could mean only one thing said veteran newsmen and MPs, the prime minister was not going to announce dissolution in the Commons as is customary when the Parliament Is silling. Tiic hour of six o'clock neared. Members of the media hurried away In attend the prime minister's TV show mislabcllcd a "press conference." Opposition members had attacked the PM for again insulting Parliament by not announcing dissolution in the Com- mons. Seek release of 200 prisoners in Israel MUNICH (CP) Arab commandos seized the Is- raeli Olympic team quarters today, killed one or two men, held others hostage and brought the 20th Sum- mer Olympic Games to an unprecedented halt. West German police said they were prepared to go in shoot- ing. Israeli wrestling coach Moshe Wetnberg was shot dead when the terrorists, armed with sub-machine guns, climbed the Olympic Village fence in the dark before dawn and burst in- to the Israelis' apartment. The Bavarian interior minis- fry first announced that a sec- ond man also had been killed but his body could not be recov- ered. A spokesman of the organ- izing committee said later in the day: "All we can confirm now Is that one man has been killed and his body recovered. If there is a second body in the house we won't know It for sure until police are able to enter it." Everybody agreed that Police evacuate Canadians POIICE "INVADE" VILLAGE Armored cars of the Munich police roll into the Olympic Village today to tako up positions near buildings where Arab terrorists are holding 13 Israelis hostage after having killed two others. The Arabs have threatened to kill their hostages unless 200 Arab terrorists held In Israel wero released. Lougheed token ill in Japan, TOKYO (Router) Premier Felei Lougheed of Alberia was recovering swiftly from back- trouble in lus Tokyo hotel to- day. The premier, who arrived in Tokyo last Saturday, heading a 41-member economic mission from AlberU, cancelled bis ac- tivilies Monday and today duo to pains in bis back. Dr. H. M. Homer, Alberta's deputy premier and minister ol agriculture, said the premier suffered a fall two weeks ago. Lougheed's wife Jeanne said the trouble started just before her husband left home for the trip and gradually worsened. He went to a Tokyo hospital Monday for a check. Fire-bomb suspects sought across Canada MONTREAL (CP) A na- tion-wide search continued to- day for two Montrealers wanted for questioning follow- ing a fire at the Blue Bird Club Friday which killed 37 people and injured 53 others: Miirc Boutin, 24, and James O'Brien, 22, are being sought by police, whilo a third man, Giles Eccles, 24, is already iu custody. A warrant allowing po- lice to hold Eccles was renewed Monday for eight days. Meanwhile, police are main- taining a 24-hour guard over the of the downtown country-music club, to ward off curious spectators. More than 200 patrons scram- bled for safety from the second- storey dance area of the club Friday night when a wall of flame swept up the stairs, cut- ting off escape by the main en- trance. Ten patrons are still in hospital, three in serious condi- tion. John MacDougall, Montreal's free commissioner, said that teclmically the nightclub met the legal requirement for fire exits. "But whether the exifs were properly lit and unobstructed will be determined at a coro- ner's inquest later in the he said. Police said many patrons were caught in a mad rush from one exit to another. About two persons were injured when they crowded onto a balcony which collapsed under their weight. Others jumped or fell from second-storey windows. Lieut. Normand Trudeau of the Montreal police department said three men, known as regu- lars at the, club, had been or- dered out Friday night follow- ing an argument with the door- man about seating arrange- ments. Shortly after the three drove away from Ihe club, three men bought gasoline at a downtown service station he said. Witnesses told police they later saw three men drive up to the club in a grey Comet, Jump out and dump liquid in tho stairway leading to the second floor. The dance hall was licensed for 261 persons while a down- stairs bar had a capacity of 25i persons. Worth report Protestant backlash sends T violence soaring action being EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta cabinet committee on education is considering spring legislation based on the Worth Report on Education, Educa- tion Minister Lou Hyndman said today. He also said in a prepared statement that Oct. 15 will be the deadline for public re- sponse to the report. "We will continue to wel- come public response lo Ihe report after Oct. 15. But, by Oct. 15 we want to have a pretty good idea about what changes the public is ready for." Jfr. Hyndman said the Worth report suggests some changes now. He didn't say what sug- gestions would receive imme- diate attention. The committee today also verified that tho costs incurred by the Worth Commission on education totalled By BRUCE LEVETT Canadian Press Sports Editor MUNICH (CP) The Ca- nadian headquarters staff and all the male athletes said today they have been evac- uated from their headquar- ters in Olympic Village. The evacuation came after Palestinian Arabs broke into the Olympic athletes' village, killed an Israeli team mem- ber and tooL Israeli hostages. Tile Canadian headquarters staff was evacuated at 1 p.m. Munich time (8 a.m. The doors of the Canadian building were .locked and the only Canadian remaining in- side was team manager Ken Murray who reported: "Ev- erything is quiet. They moved us out because this could be one way the terrorists might come if they break out." The Canadian centre is 40 yards from the Israeli quarters. The male athletes are housed another 30 yards away from that. DOORS LOCKED The Canadians' doors wera .locked and there were two soldiers outside with machine guns. "They let me slay to an- swer the said Murray. The building next door has been cleared. The only Canadians still there are two Canadians of our medical mission. "Everything Is quiet hut things have really tightened up. I Just got a call from one of our oarsmen who are at the gate. They couldn't get back in." Murray said arrangements for alternative housing will be made if necessary. "Right now, we're hoping this will be cleared up by Earlier German police evacuated the nearby East German building. "We took the underground route back from the dining hall, walking through various buildings and the under- ground parking Murray said. BELFAST (AP) A Protes- tant mob hurling sticks and bottles attacked a Belfast po- lice post early today and a powerful bomb damaged tho headquarters of Northern Ire- land's main Roman Catholic opposition party. Security forces also reported two men were shot and wounded in the capital and a tavern blown up in a new up- surge of Protestant militancy. The extremist Protestant Ul- ster Defence Association only hours earlier said it had broken off contact with the British Army because of military ha- rassment. The subsequent violence vas seen as muscle-flexing by Seen and heard About town JVOVICE horseman Nor- man Chan wondering why he should pay 52 for an hour's ride since he was feed- ing the horse all the time. Playful Gale I'rincn rowing his holed rubber boat anyway with a pump which he used whenever he was not rowing I.tmla Whileiaw dismiss- Ing the magazine Ms., adding she would either be a Miss or Mrs. Jets attack iicar China SAIGON (AP) United States Air Force jets attacked North Vietnam's northwest rail- way to China Monday and de- stroyed two radar stations used to direct surface-to-air missiles at U.S. planes, the U.S. com- mand announced today. The U.S. command that U.S. jet fighter-bombers, in more than 220 strikes across Korth Vietnam, also hit bridges, supply trucks and wa- fer craft. The northwest railway, as well as the northeast, have been under continuous attack by the air force in a five-monlh campaign to cut the flow of war supplies from China into North Vietnam. Northern Ireland's Protestant majority. At the same time, there were continuing reports of a shakeup in the Belfast command of the Irish Republican Army's Provi- sional wing and speculation tho guerrillas will end their bomb attacks on civilian targels. SO ATTACK The Protestant mob of 80 men and youths attacked the police post in East Belfast shortly after midnight and tried to batter down the main door. Police inside fired shots and the attackers left. There were no casualties. The men smashed windows in nearby buildings as they ran off and roamed surrounding streets in military-style forma- tion for more than an hour afterward. In downtown Belfast, a bomb left In. a car exploded outside the headquarters of the Social Democratic and Labor Party, blowing out windows and dam-, aging the front of the building. The two men found shot were gunned down in the city's An- trim Road and taken to hospi- tal. Their condition was not known. The UDA, which claims it can muster trained men, now has threatened to resume parading publicly in masks and dark glasses, the uniform banned last month by Britain's administrator in Northern Ire- land, William Whitelaw. The organization's relations with the security forces have deteriorated sharply since tha IRA sneaked through a security cordon and bombed a tavern in the Protest ant heartland of Bel- fast. 'I'll say this for Bennett. He's a longshoremen back at work in B.C. VANCOUVER (CP) Mora than British Columbia longshoremen were back on tho job under a federal back-to- work order today, with tha loading of grain ships one of their top priorities. An estimated 30 million bush- els of grain has accumulaled sinco Aug. 7, when Van- couver longshoremen walked off their jobs because of a dis- pute over hiring ball practices, An official strike called Aug. 2S took another men oft docks up and down the coast. There were 46 vessels, in- cluding grain ships, waiting Monday In Vancouver harbor. Although the back-to-work legislation was passed Friday by Parliament, only mainte- nance work was performed over the holiday weekend. The dispute between the long- shoremen 8-nd tha B.C. Mari- time Employers Association centres around wages as well as hiring hall practices, with the union seeking an increass of 50 cents an hour on hourly rates ranging from to No dale has been set for a resumption of contract talks, bu tthe Ottawa legislation calls for retroactive pay to Aug. 1, when the previous contract ex- pired. hostage was known to be at least seriously wounded. A 5 deadline for surrender or shoot- out apparently passed without action on either side. FINISH SCMIE EVENTS Olympic offichls, in announc- ing a suspension of the Games for at least a day or perhaps longer, allowed completion of several competitions that al- ready had started when the commandos attacked. the end of Monday's pro- gram 124 of the 195 events OD the program had been com- pleted. Except for two world wars, the modern Olympics taken place four years without interruption since they started in-18M. The terrorists burst Info th.6 Israelis' apartment in predawn, darkness. Some Israelis escaped but be- tween nine and figures varied In conflicting official re- held hostage. The men with charcoal-blackened nounced that the rest of the Is- raelis would be shot if 200 Arab terrorists held in Israel were not released by noon. EXTEND DEADLINE The terrorists had twice ex- tended the original deadline o! a.m. EDT. As each deadline approached, West German police, armed with sub-machine-guns and wearing bullet-proof vests and armored face protectors, got ready for a showdown. A pob'ce spokesman said a squad of 38 volunteers would elorm the house if a deal had not been working out with tha Arabs by the deadline. West German Chancellor Willy Brandt flew Into Munich lo take command. Competition started In at least seven sports today but it was an off-day in the big track and field program. But as the fateful hour ap- proached they were stopped. A joint statement by Avery Brun- dage of the United States, pres- ident of the International Olym- pic Committee, and Willl Daume, West German man of the organizing com- mittee, said there would be no more games for the rest of the day. By mid-afternoon two tanks were stationed, outside the house in the village where tha Israelis were captive. More than 100 police ringed the building. At least one police car filled with guns was driven through the village gates. Officials announced a me- morial service for Ihe dead Is- raelis would be held in Olympic Stadium Wednesday morning. It was believed the Games w-ould not be resumed until after thai, and much appeared (o depend on the outcome of the siege. The Arabs demanded that planes be made ready at Mun- ich airport to fly them and the Israeli hostages to an Arab capital. One report said they threatened to kill one Israeli every two hours If (heir de- mands were not met. Diplomats of Israel and tho Arab League flow lo Munich from Bonn. Officials bargainer! with the terrorists, offering Ihcm nnlim ited money and a safe conduct it they would surrender. But the Arabs stuck lo their de- mands. ;