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Longview, Texas
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Saturday, April 26, 1980
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1 Jt" A SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 1380, Longviw Morning Journal Liber ian revolution: T fast trials, firing squads CONROVIA, Liberia (UPI) - The first evolutionary regime in Liberia's i33-year history has brought the killing of the president, shotgun trials and firing squad executions. J Army M. Sgt Samuel Kanyon Doe, 28, iho led the coup and became Africa's youngest chief of state, has vowed to halt the privileges of a ruling elite descended from the freed American slaves who found-d the West African nation, tj But the euphoria that greeted the end of !rjrmer President William Tolbert's nine-jrear regime of admitted corruption may already be over. Liberians, especially the Educated, were shocked by the dumping of Tolbert's body into a mass grave along with 47 of his supporters also killed during the iApril 12 pre-dawn coup. - ".They bury a president like a dog," said ijne. Many Liberians also were shocked by Tuesday's public executions of 13 former Jjffrcials. Before their turn came, some had to watch their colleagues lashed to poles fyith executioners missing their targets $nd other soldiers firing automatic weapons to finish the job. Those executed Included the late president's brother. "How do you believe the world is going tp think of us?" a middle-class Liberian asked a foreigner after the executions. JlWhen they have done something like this gnce, they will be more ready to do it gain." 2 There is uncertainty about the 17 enlist-jsd men who make up Doe's so-called Peoples Redemption Council. They are backed by the 5,000 members of Liberia's armed forces, but it is an unruly and poorly trained militia. Lawlessness is greatly reduced since the first days after, the coup. But many Liberians who welcomed the end of Tolbert's rule are alarmed at soldiers' continued demands for money. Doe, a slender figure in camouflage fatigues and sunglasses, completed his fourth year of high school in night classes at age 26. He has no political experience and remains something of an enigma in his second week in power. U.S. Army Green Berets who trained Doe during a temporary mission to Liberia last year tabbed him as a leader of men though they had. to discourage an appeal from Doe and some of his comrades to join the U.S. Army. , A number of Doe" council members who hold the top command posts are barely literate. Their action pointed up deep divisions in Liberia, seen until the coup as an area of stability in Africa. The influence of a civilian majority in the cabinet installed hours after the coup is unclear. They are believed to exert a moderating influence on the soldiers, but with little effect. Many Cabinet officers did not know about the executions until they took place. Doe has promised a "new society" of equal opportunity, free education and improved government benefits. He already has doubled minimum salaries of his troops and lowest-ranked government officials. Murder charges requested against militia marauders ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (AP) The Philippines bureau of investigation recommended Friday that murder charges be filed against seven government militiamen who allegedly massacred 42 Moslem villagers in 1977 and burned down their homes. National Bureau of Investigation Director Angel Reyes said he based the recommendation on findings of a two-year investigation, including testimonies of four survivors of the massacre in Bingcul village, S00 miles southeast of Manila. Reyes' announcement was the first disclosure of the massacre. All but one of the seven alleged killers have been identified, Reyes said, but he was withholding their names until they were arrested and charged. He said he did not know why they had not been arrested and still hold rank and membership in the militia. The state prosecutor next decides if enough evidence exists to bring the seven men to court. Records of the case, as compiled by Reyes, show that seven uniformed, armed men entered the village on the night of Nov. 12, 1977 and ordered all 12 families out of their houses. They villagers were ordered to squat on the ground, the men with hands tied behind their backs and the women and children with their hands on their heads, Reyes quoted survivors as saying. The intruders then opened fire, killing everyone except one adult and three children who, although wounded, managed to reach a cluster of bushes without being noticed, according to Reyes' report. The report said the armed men then set all of the houses on fire, sparing only a hut with a kiln. It was in the kiln's pit that residents of a nearby village, led by a Moslem priest, buried the bodies of the 42 victims the' following morning, he said. Reyes described the suspects as members of the Civilian Home Defense force, a paramilitary unit organized by the government to help it fight a JVi-year-old rebellion aimed at winning Moslem rule for the southern Philippines. The village's four survivors are in tile bureau's protective custody, where they have been since the Philippine army's 4th infantry division asked Reyes to investigate the killing more than a month after it happened, Reyes said. With diamonds Saudi prince dazzles Washington women By Cox News Service WASHINGTON Prince Sultan, the defense minister of Saudi Arabia, believes diamonds are a cabinet member's wife's best friend. An inventory of foreign gifts to U.S, officials shows that in February 1979 the roly-poly prince gave a $25,000 diamond necklace to Mrs. Harold Brown, wife of the American defense secretary. At the time Mrs. Brown was accompanying her husband on an official visit to Saudi Arabia and Sultan was their official host . The necklace, which was worth twice as much as any other gift to an American official last year, was turned over to the Smithsonian Institution by the Browns in January 1980. The prince also gave Brown a German-made rifle, which is now in storage in a vault in the Pentagon. President Carter was not on the Saudi gift list last year, no doubt because a scheduled official visit to Washington by Crown Prince Fahd was cancelled. But everyone else who came in contact with the Saudis seemed to come away with notable tokens. Those dutifully reported to the U.S. government under the 1977 foreign gifts law included: A $2,000 gold and silver incense burner from King Khalid to State Department protocol chief Kit Dobelle. A 700 watch for Maj. Gen. Richard Bassett, an official of West Point military academy, from Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Sheikh, a Saudi army commander. A $350 watch for Sen. Mark Hatfield, R-Ore., from King Khalid. A $750 incense burner and a $900 tea set from Gen. Humaid, an official of the Saudi defense ministry, to Adm. Alfred Whittle, the U.S. chief of Naval Materiel. Quter space civilizations don't exist, say Soviets MOSCOW (UPI) After jore than a decade of listening for radio signals fjom the stars, Soviet scien- 2sts conclude there prob-5ly are no outer space civilizations, the Tass news agency reported Friday. f Soviet scientists set up &eir first listening post in 5?69 in an attempt to snag a few stray radio signals. - m Instead of singling out Une stars for prolonged Monitoring, Tass said, the Soviet system focused on the entire celestial hemisphere during each 24-hour scanning period, thus covering the entire galaxy. "Such a system should Lave inevitably recorded signals of superpowerful extraterrestrial civilizations," Tass said. Tass said Soviet scientists writing in a recent issue of the magazine Za Rabezhom felt the fruitless searches indicated there are no "supercivilizations" and probably not even any primitive ones. They said advanced civilizations would have to have emerged if there. were any civilized beings at all. "If we fail to discover them, this means that there are no such civilizations in existence," said scientist Iosif Skhlovsky. "And the same conclusion is suggested because of the absence of any trace of "Visits to Earth by extraterrestrial beings." Vsevolod Troitsky, in charge of the Soviet project, said there is a slim chance that some civilizations exist, but do not have Earth's technology. "Evidently their level is not so far high enough to enable them to spread throughout the galaxy or to start sending powerful signals," he said. In 1974, U.S. scientists de- cided not to wait for a signal from outer space and sent their own intergalactic greeting card: a signal from a radiotelescope in Puerto Rico to a cluster of 300,000 stars near the Milky Way. Last minute maneuvers led to Philippines ship collision MANILA, Philippines (UPI) Two ships involved in the worse marine disaster in the Philippines in about 30 years tried to ayoid colliding but last minute maneuvers apiually caused them to ram into each other, according to an official inquiry Pfciday. i Officials said 119 people drowned, 901 were rescued and an undetermined number were missing and feared trapped inside the sunken liner Don Juan about 1,000 feet below the sea off Mindoro Island, 120 miles south of Manila. j.The collision between the 2,300-ton domestic liner and the government-owned 1,300-ton tanker Tacloban City occurred in fine weather. The desperate evasive actions taken by the skippers were disclosed at the start of hearings by a marine board of inquiry looking into Tuesday's bow-to-bow collision between the two ships. "I cannot recall a sea accident as bad as this one since two merchant ships collided also near Mindoro in the early 1950s," Coast Guard chief of staff Capt. Ponciano Bautis-ta told UPI. He said more than 100 people also drowned in that disaster. Skippers of the two vessels blamed each other in official protests to the board. Salvadoran gunmen fire at minister :SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) Half a dozen gunmen Friday opened up With sub-machine guns on h-e house of Planning Minister Roberto Salazar, filling a policeman stand-jag "guard outside, a police spokesman said. The spokesman said the ' funmen were not immediately identified and neither rightist nor-leftist groups fighting for power in this ventral American nation claimed responsibility for 'r the attack. The minister was hot hurt. Your Vote And Support Will Be Appreciated ELECT BILL DRIGGERS , SHERIFF Gregg County An Honest Man Who Cares A3 tfl Ov Mn 'W VMS Bin OfjqefS campaign ly4 mf f .. . 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