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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Chilean military unity crushed Allende backers Saturday, September 15, 1973 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 9 By WILLIAM NICHOLSON BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) The Chilean military's unity and firepower overwhelmed the supporters ot Marxist president Salvador Allende, but some armed resistance to the new junta might continue for weeks. For months, amid rumors of disgruntled high-ranking offi- cers in the armed forces, the six parties in Allende's Popular Unity coalition had issued warnings of a massive defence of the government by workers, students and peasants. Allende won election in Sep- tember. 1970, because his Popular Unity coalition received 36.3 per cent of the vote, a plurality. The coalition is dominated by Allende's Socialist party and by the Communist party. Two of the lour remaining parties are left of centre and two far-left. In the congressional elec- tions last March. Popular Uni- ty increased its share of the national vote by 43 per cent. But when the revolt came, the shrieking jet fighter planes, rumbling tanks and in- fantry patrols unleashing barrages of automatic weapons fire proved too much for Allende's followers. Allende died in a puddle of blood on a sofa in his rocket- damaged presidential palace, where he committed suicide, the military junta said Government officials and Marxist party leaders surren- dered, were arrested or sought refuge in embassies. LEFTIST RESISTANCE The pockets of resistance to the armed forces, especially the snipers, apparently belonged to various leftist paramilitary groups which supported Allende. Chief among these is the ex- tremist Revolutionary Left Movement, known by its Span- ish initials as the MIR. It advocates armed violence to bring "all power to the workers." MIR was founded at the University of Concep- cion campus in southern Chile in 1965 and staged armed at- tacks and bank robberies before Allende's 1970 election. The organization has at- tracted the sons and daughters of many middle- class families. Allende pardoned MIR mili- tants who were in prison or hiding from police when he was inaugurated in November, 1970. The presi- dent described them as "idealistic youth." One of his nephews was a high MIR offi- cial. The MIR threw its support to Allende but also stored weapons and explosives in rural caches in case Ailende's government was threatened. The MIR had its strongest support in Chilean universities and some rural areas where young MIR militants had been indoctrinating poor Mapuche Indian peasants for several years. Other potential long-range opposition to the military can come from militant Commu- nists in urban centres where the party has support among the working class. But the armed forces, in nu- merous raids for illegal arms during the weeks preceding the overthrow, showed that in- telligence services were keep- ing tabs on the left and knew the whereabouts of many arms caches. Chile's anti-Marxist opposi- tion, concentrated among members of the liberal Chris- tian Democrats and the smaller rightist National par- ty, controlled Congress, which now has been dissolved. Jailed man wins right to appeal Try Before You Buy UP TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION MAICO SMITH-JONES HEARING AID SERVICE RIPLEY OPTICAL 6183rd Ave. S. Phone 328-5447 EDMONTON (CP) Walter Munz won the right Friday to appeal the court order that's keeping him in jail but failed in his bid to be released from custody. Munz. 30. has been provin- cial jail since May 1 because of his refusal to bring his seven-year-old son Andreas back to Edmonton from Europe. He won the right to appeal when he appeared before the STRETCH Auction Sale MONDAY, SEPT. 17 P.M. At The Warehouse 1920-2nd Ave. S. Lethbridge 3M Automatic Copier; 1970 National Cash Register 4 letter key board-Model 4 Metal Shelves- 8" deep 3' long 4' high; 2 Metal display racks; 1 wood cupboard; 2-8' pin boards; 2 black boards; 100 cup coffee perculator; clothes rack; carpets to cover approx. 1300 sq. feet. Light green long shag; Approx. 2900 Stretch and Sew Patterns; H.A. Kidd Button Co display case and buttons. 96 boxes dual duty thread, 84 books Stretch and Sew Method of Sewing, 37 books Stretch and Sew lingerie; yds. Alpace material; 12 yds. Deer Skm Cotton and Vinyl Quantity-zippers, lingerie, notions, rdibbons, buttons, electrics, thread and many other itdems too numerous to mention. VIEWING WILL BE Sunday, Sept. from P.M. till P.M. and all day Monday till sale time. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT Hurlburt Auction Service Ltd. Phone 328-4705 1920 2nd Ave. S. AUCTIONEERS TED NEWBY Lie 41 KEITH ERDMANN Lie. 458 Lethbridge Alberta Supreme Court appellate division. The appeal, to be heard at the Nov. 5 sitting of the appellate division, will be against an order by Mr. Justice Donald Bowen citing Munz as being in contempt of court. Munz was refused bail. The case revolves around the son. Last Dec. 20. Mr. Justice Bowen issued a restraining order, prohibiting Munz from having any contact with Andreas In February, however, Munz took the boy Irom Edmonton to Germany where he was boarded with a sister and brother-in-law. Munz then returned to Canada to attempt a recon- ciliation with his wife. Her- nia, and was arrested He was initially charged with abduction of the boy and breach ol a court order, both criminal charges, but they were later dropped and the contempt of court charge, a civil matter, was substituted. Mr. Justice Bowen ordered Munz to jail until he "purged himself ol his contempt" by bringing Andreas back from Germany. Munz has refused to bring the boy back. A family court order has given Mrs. Munz custody of Andreas, who is attending school in Austria. Mr. and Mrs. Munz split up after com- ing to Canada Irom Austria. Liberal MLA dies a I Rcgina REGINA (CP) Donald McPherson, Liberal member ol the Saskatchewan legislature, died here at the age of 54. Mr. McPherson. a business executive first elected to the legislature in 19ti7, played a major role in the Liberal Par- ty and was said to be a possibility for the Senate. He once was president of the Canadian Football League. chairman Jean Rovey, of Eston, Sask., attends the national Liberal convention Friday in Ottawa after being named chairman of the new Women's Commission of the Liberal Party of Canada. Delegates to Thursday's meeting of the Women's Federation voted to disband to form a new organization closer to the main Liberal Par- ty. Snow falls in Montana GREAT FALLS. Mont. (APi Winter's cold breath swept across Montana un- seasonably early Friday, sending temperatures plummeting and dumping wet snow across the state. Although high and remote. Montana is often times one of the first parts of the United States to I eel winter coming on It caught natives unaware as they hurried about with light clothing Montana highway depart- ment issued an off-season road report to inform travellers ol slippery roads on many highways. At least one traffic death was blamed on slushy roads. The national weather ser- vice issued a heavy snow warning late Friday lor western Montana and southern Montana east of the Continental Divide The federal agency said a storm was expected to dump over a foot of snow on some of the mountain passes on the west side of the state. Board to make first offer to purchase feed grains OTTAWA