The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on April 14, 1979 · 81
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 81

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U-A THE MIAMI HERALD Saturday April 14 1971 Two New Mexican Laws Curb Rights Violations By GORDON D MOTT AuecliUd Pri MEXICO CITY — An amnesty law and electoral rtforni enacted by President Jose Lope Portillo's administration have sharply reduced human rghts violations in Mexico according to humn rights watchdogs "1 he last report 1 got of missing persons was in September when two boss were kidnaped in Puebla” said Rosario Ibarra de Piedra 5" head of a group called the National Committee for the Defense of Poht’ia! Prisoners Fugitives FIxiles and Disappeared Persons “But just because things have gotten better that’s no excuse to forget the past” she said Ibarra de Piedra whose son Jesus disappeared in a shoot-out with police five years ago has been a leading critic of alleged human rights violations in Mexico Rebels Hi I Rx Artillery And Rockets Snmoa's Mon Si ill Buttling for lisle I i From Hrald Wirt Srvitt MANAGUA Nicaragua — National guard jets fired rockets into rebel positions in the northern city of Fsteli on Friday w'hile ground troops fought house-to-house and pounded rebels wdth artillery reports said In Managua Sandimsta National Liberation Front guerrillas attacked a police station in a poor neighborhood late Thursday but were driven off a guard spokesman said Put during overnight fighting Thursday the guard said 10 civilians had been killed and an undetermined number wounded in nearly a dozen neighborhoods where the leftist rebels threw up roadblocks of rocks and burning tires THE GUARD placed all police on alert following the attacks and the national radio called on all troops to "defend the honor of the national guard and be prepared to repel any aggression” The Managua attacks w'ere seen as a diversion by guerrillas to relieve pressure of the guard’s attacks in Esteli 90 miles to the north where fighting to topple President Anastasio Sonioza has been continuing for nearly a week Government roadblocks kept many journalists from thp emba'-' tied city but telephone reports from Esteli indicated the guard was moving in on all sides trying to force out the estimated 100 guerrillas w'ho have controlled the utv The opposition newspaper la Prensa reported that guardsmen were conducting house-to-house searches JETS SCREAMED overhead firing rockets into guerrilla positions residents reported Col Aquiles Aranda Escobar the spokesman for the 10000-man national guard said the government’s “operation clean-up” in Esteli had been 70 per cent successful He said his forces suffered some casualties but would not sa how many Aranda Escobar said the Sundi-mstas in Esteli had organized “peo- A COMMUNIST Party official Eduardo Montes said positive changes have been made in Mexico’s political climate as well and that the government now respects the rights of opposition parties Fie added that the real test will come in the congressional elections July 1 Fie said that if any of the handful of tiny leftist parties achieve any significant victories that would be evidence of improvement A spokesman for the Popular Socialist Partv said he agrees with this view The membership of both parties is not accurately known 1 he Communist Party was illegal in Mexico for decades The amnesty law has permitted the release of 559 persons from prison or had their criminal records wiped clean since Congress enacted it last Sept 28 according to gov- Ihmsm ernment records SPOKESMAN Rigoberto Galindo of the Department of Government — the ministry in charge of Mexican internal security — claims that all persons listed as political prisoners have been freed "There are still some who consid-' er themselves political prisoners but they are charged with things not covered under the amnesty law — like murder and bank robbery" said Ibarra de Piedra said she disagrees adding that her National Committee's records show that about 300 political prisoners were passed over by the amnesty bill and are still in jail THE POLITICAL reform bill passed by Congress almost at the same time as the amnesty law broke the PRI's pow'er monopoly Beginning with the Flouse elections July 1 parties by law can obtain official registration and field their own candidates provided they have a certified membership of 60000 in each of the country’s 32 electoral districts Congress’ Chamber of Deputies has been enlarged from 237 to 400 seats — with 100 seats to be apportioned to minority groups through proportional representation The PRI currently holds 195 of the 237 seats in the Chamber and all but one of 64 in the Senate which is renewed every six years An official who asked not to be identified but who Is close to Lopez Portillo said the purpose of the two laws is to provide a legal outlet for dissidents in Mexico and take the wind out of the sails of elements who would otherwise be prone to violence a - ’ ” U' A £ s -V &&£ T 4 v - v Mr e T - i Jfr U -f V Xs- Jose Lopez l’orlillo improves on rights X’ - Xt Y W'A 7 I ’ - f v V k St Vincent Volcano Erupts Villages Ordered Evacuated v i V t RJ'W' I i j 4 j I ’ " i '' t JtX ' ji 3 1 M it - "‘4 it-- x -‘i i"’ - X fu - V ' 1 — Assoctd’ed Press Sandiiiista Guerrilla I’ ires 1 1 is Killo he aims at national guard plane in Esteli KINGSTOWN St Vincent — (UPI) — Mt Sgufrlere volcano erupted with a thunderous rumble Friday sending a huge column of ash into the air and forcing evacuation of residents within a 10-mile radius The 4000-foot volcano which killed 2000 persons in an eruption in 1902 erupted at 5 am Premier Milton Cato declared a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of all villages surrounding the volcano 30 miles north of Kingstown Cato set up an emergency relief committee with himself as chairman and established evacuation centers at police stations and other public centers In Elizabeth City NC the Coast Guard said the local unit’s Cl 30 aircraft and pilots were put on alert about 2:30 pm to assist in any evacuation of residents from the island The government of the British associated state some 100 miles west of Barbados ordered a mobilization of doctors nurses and police vehicles Residents of the island were pies tribunals” and had executed between 12 and 20 persons but he did not say how- he got the information or explain the motive for the alleged executions The report could not be confirmed Red Cross workers and refugees fleeing from Esteli reported “many dead and wounded” but there vws no immediate way of ascertaining the number of casualties The last national guard casualty report from Esteli was Monday when it said 77 persons had been killed IN A SIDELIGHT to the Holy Week fighting Roman Catholic Archbishop Miguel Obando y Bravo led 1000 people in a Good Friday procession through an area of downtown Managua destroyed in a 1972 earthquake and never rebuilt The marchers held a prayer for peace vigil Somoza is vacationing in Miami with his children who are out of US schools for spring break He is reported in close contact with his military commanders and is planning to return to the country Monday according to officials DixieDinette Corp lamilti liin'i- A Ih -igiu-ts of Distinctive Dint-lies OPEN SUNDAY 11-5 Miami sTcrE only introducing the break-proof see through thairback with unconditional guarantee! 10000 COMBINATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM North Miami Beach 13747 W Dm (1 Blk N of Miami Cits Or ) 931 4101 9am to 5pm MON SAT Ft Lauderdale 5200 H federal Hwy (2 Blks N of Comm Bird ) III 1977 9 30 m to 5 30 p m MON SAT W Film Beach 2550 Okeechobee Bird (Somcer SouareV 699 2629 10 3 m to 6 p m MON SAT 'femfjniF’CT' U - 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