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ARANHA-POST-UN-3 - and the Violence Sweeps Brazil After Vargas...
and the Violence Sweeps Brazil After Vargas Suicide RIO DE JANEIRO (UP) -- The body of Presadent GetuUo Vargas was started on its journey home to provincial Sao Borja today from Rio's airport, where guards were forced to fire over the heads of 100,000 surging mourners. The tens of thousands of persons persons lining the mile and a half route from the presidential palace to Santos Dumont airport were orderly. orderly. But at the airport the crowds surged forward for a last look at the casket as it was transferred transferred to a twin-engined DCS. During the hour it took the funeral funeral procession to move the short distance to the airport, the tearful crowds sang th« national anthem. Characteristically united and haughty as in former crisis, Vargas' Vargas' family acconipained the body on the 900-mJle flight to Vargas' native cattlelands. Two other planes carried other prominent individuals and friends, including Camgas's finance minister Oswaldo Aranha, life-long friend of the late president. The Brazilian air force had offered offered funeral planes but the Vargas Vargas family refused them, saying they had accepted a previous offer. Air force generals »nd their demands demands that Vargas resign were the leading factors in the government government crisis which culminated in Vargas's suicide in the p-esiden- tial palace yesterday morning. Troops with submachine guns stood guard today on every street corner in central Rio, alert for any renewal of the mob violence that followed announcement of the president's president's deaifeh. , Communist-led rioters ran wild in Brazil's principal cities after Vargas killed himself Tuesday, attacking attacking official and private U.S. offices and opposition newspapers and radio stations. At least three persons were killed and 10 wounded m clashes between troops and the armed mobs that attacked American consulates consulates in Porto Alegre and Belo Horizonte and the Porto Alegre branch of the National City Bank. A cordon of 625 heavily armed Brazilian soldiers stationed around the eight-story, all-glass U.S. Embassy here had to fire into the to disperse a mob that charged the building. The United States had nothing lo do with the crisis that led to Vargas' death, but Communist agitators seized on the occasion to whip up anti-American sentiment. Rioters swept opposition newspapers newspapers from the newsstands here burned them in the streets. Mobs attacked the offices of the antigovernment antigovernment newspaper Tnbuna da Imprensa and the Globo radio station. station. Carlos Lacerda, editor of Tribuna Tribuna and target of the assassination assassination attempt that touched off the crisis, fled with his family to Ga- leao Air Base. Meanwhile, mourners lined up two abreast for more than a on either side of the presidential palace to file past Vargas' bier and pay their last respects to the man who dominated Brazilian politics for nearly a quarter of a Petroleum Group To Meet Tonight North Carolina Petroleum Industries Industries committee will hold a district meeting in thp main ballroom at the Vance hotel at 7 o'clock this evening. Gilmer Sparger, executive secretary secretary of the committee, and Parker, executive secretary of the North Carolina Oil Jobbers association, association, will be the principal speakers. speakers. Angus Stronach, of Stalest ille. manager of Gulf Oil coinp.un, will preside. Delegates will he on hand from Davie, Irolrll and ( A- tawba, which comprise the district. district. Representatives from the major oil companies will also be present. j l ' I I !

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  1. Statesville Record And Landmark,
  2. 25 Aug 1954, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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