New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 19, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald Zeitung Friday, July 19,1985 7 AU.S. accuses Nicaragua of terrorism support
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Saying America’s patience is growing short, the United States accused Nicaragua of backing plans for terror attacks against U.S. citizens in Honduras and said it will hold Nicaragua responsible if any occur.
"Hie leftist Nicaraguan government said the U.S. statement demonstrates that America is preparing the groundwork for an invasion of Nicaragua.
The U.S. charges, in a diplomatic note presented by U.S. Ambassador Harry Bergold, were made public by the Sandinista Front government as it prepared for today’s celebration of the sixth anniversary of the overthrow of the pro-American dictator, Anastasio Somoza.
The government expected 400,000 people to attend the celebration at a plaza near l^ike Managua Bergold left Thursday for a vacation in the United States, and the United States was to be represented by a minor embassy
The Foreign Ministry on Thursday released a Spanish text of Bergold’s note and said the note “contained very grave threats against our country.”
In Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Sondra McCarty released the Bergold text, saying: ‘Given that the Sandinistas have chosen to breach the privacy of our diplomatic exchanges, we are making public the text of points made in Managua on July 17 by our ambassador.”
The note said the United States has indications that preparations are under way to introduce a program of terrorist attacks against U.S. personnel in Honduras.
“We are aware that the government of Nicaragua supports those involved in these preparations and we believe that the government of Nicaragua may be directly involved,” it said.
“We consider it of utmost importance that the
government of Nicaragua clearly and fully understand that any Nicaraguan-supported terrorist attacks against U.S. personnel in Honduras would be viewed as the direct responsibility of the government of Nicaragua and that the United States should be expected to react accordingly,” the note said.
The note said another incident such as the slaying of six U.S. citizens in San Salvador on June 19 will have serious repercussions.
It said the same principles would apply in cases of terrorist acts in other Central American countries and elsewhere.
“The patience of the U.S. government and of the American people has grown short,” it said.
The note said Nicaragua supported and influenced leftist groups in El Salvador, including one that claimed responsibility for the attack in San Salvador in which four U.S. Marines who served as embassy guards, two
American businessmen and seven I^atin Americans were killed.
It named the Farabundo Marti National liberation Front, the umbrella organization of four leftist guerrilla groups fighting the U.S.-backed government of El Salvador, and the Central American Revolutionary Workers Party, a member of the front.
A group within the workers party, the Mardoqueo Cruz Urban Guerrilla Commandos, claimed responsibility for the attack. It said other attacks on U.S. military personnel would follow as part of the 54-year war against the U.S.-backed Salvadoran government.
The Foreign Ministry’s reply, sent to Bergold on Thursday, said: “Nicaragua categorically rejects the contents and the form of this missive, which contains false accusations, intolerable threats and is a violation of the form and manner of relations among states.”
One killed in African riots
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Police killed a black man while breaking up riots in the black township of Soweto, and elsewhere blacks staged strikes and boycotted white businesses in continued agitation against white rule.
Clashes also were reported in other black townships across South Africa as nots and protests persisted for the lith straight month More than 450 people, all but three of them blacks, have died rn the turmoil.
Authorities said mobs of blacks stoned patrol cars and houses rn Soweto on Thursday, and police fired birdshot, rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the rioters.
Police said one black man was killed during the second da> of violence in the township of 1.5 million, South Africa's largest Soweto was the focus of riots in 1976 in w hich 575 people died In Katlehong east of Johannesburg. police arrested 122 blacks who refused to disperse during an illegal outdoor gathering, a police spokesman said I .a bor disputes and consumer boycotts began or were threatened in several areas, including a potential stnke in the gold mines that employ more than 500.000 blacks The strikes and boycotts are an attempt to use the economic clout of South .Africa's 22 million voteless blacks to force an end to apartheid, the system of racial segregation under which 5 million whites rule Many South African analysts believe economic influence is die most potent weapon for South African blacks, and that strikes and consumer boycotts are likely to increase.
Black activists called a two-month boycott of white shops to force whites to support black demands for the release of jailed anti-apartheid leaders as well as other grievances Press reports said black supporters of the boy cott stopped people on the streets and at entrances to black townships and confiscated purchases made in defiance of the boycott
A man who bought a new suit watched as youths cut it to shreds, the South African Press Association said
In Johannesburg, leaders of the black National Union of Mineworkers said they were preparing for a possible strike of the gold mines, which produce half of South .Africa's export earnings The strike could start next month unless the nunes make wage concessions, spokeswoman Manoko Nchwe said
Dam breaks in northern Italy
ROME (AP) - A dam collapsed today in a popular tourist area in the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy, and many people may have perished, police said They said houses and hotels were inundated “There may be many .dead.” a police officer reached by telephone told The Associated Press.
The policeman, who insisted on anonymity, said the waters from a lake were pouring into a residential area in the village of SU va, near Cavalese in Trento province He said the area included two hotels The Julian news agency ANSA said the nation’s civil defense minister, Giuseppe Zamberletti, flew at once from Rome to the stricken village.
Initial deUils were not known on what caused the reported collapse of the dam or of what material the dam was constructed.
The officer reached by phone said that police in nearby comunities had hatled all but emergency traffic. He also said helicopters had been called in to join rescue efforts.
The area reported affected is between Trento and Bolzano in the Val di Fiemme, a picturesque valley nestled amid the snow-capped Dolomite peaks. In this season, the region is filled with vacationers, mainly Italians and northern Europeans.
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