THE MICHIGAN DAILY
British coal miners
threaten major strike
LONDON (P) - The chancellor of
the exchequer asserted yesterday
that the issue in Britvin's looming
coal miners' strike is whether Bri-
tain will stay democratic.
Anthony $arber's claim in House
of Commons provoked a crescendo
of protest from his Laborite oppo-
THE BITTER DEBATE in Par-
liament came as Britain's govern-
ment an4 labor unions squared off
for a trial of strength Sunday
when 280,000 coal miners walk off
the job in a closure that threatens
to strangle the economy and fur-
ther divide the nation.
A search went on forta late com-
promise that might stave off the
strike, but hopes were dim.
There was new talk that Prime
Minister Edward Heath might call
a national election for Feb. 28 or
March 7, about 15 months before
his full five-year term expires. Po-
litical managers of all parties
sw'ng into action to prepare for
SOME OF BRITAIN'S biggest
unions rallied to the cause of their
coal miner comrades, vowing not
to cross picket lines by handling
imported coal or other fuel sup-
Barber's warning came at the
st rt of a two-day debateon the
country's worsening economic
plight. He underlined official esti-
mates that the miners' strike
would put four million of Britain's
26 million-man labor force oit of
work inside of a month, with the
level rising thereafter..
The International Federation of
Miners, representing unions in 34
countries, promised to ensure no
coal is exported to Britain. At
home railroad workers, dockers,
truck drivers, pit safety techni-
cians, engineers and electircians
vowed to hold off handling emer-
gency fuel su.pplies to power sta-
tions once the strike begins.
KUWAIT 03) - Terrorists seized the Japanese
Embassy here yesterday and demanded safe con-
duct to Kuwait for four comrades holding a ferry-
boat in Singapore. They threatened to kill their hos-
tages if the demand was not met.
The Japanese government said it was sending a
plane to pick up the four Singapore terrorists and
their three hostages and fly them to this Persian
THE SINGAPORE GUNMEN have been holed up
in a ferryboat for a week since their unsuccessful
guerrilla raid to blow up a refinery in Singapore.
The embassy raiders and the Singapore terrorists
all say they are Marxist-oriented Palestinians or
members of the extremist Japanese Red Army.
Japanese officials in Tokyo, in touch by telephone
with their Kuwait embassy, said the terrorists in
Kuwait promised not to kill their hostages once they
got the promise of a plane for their comrades in
KUWAITI AUTHORITIES SAID variously there
were as few as three and as many as nine terror-
ists holding the embassy, including a woman.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry said its ambassa-
dor to Kuwait, Ryokoo Ishikawa, 56, was being held,
along with his three top aides and an embassy em-
A message to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo indi-
cated there may be as many as 16 hostages in all,
including three Japanese businessmen.
AN ASSOCIATED PRESS newsman talked by tele-
phone with a man at the embassy who said he was
the lader of the raiders.
"We threatened to execute the ambassador and
throw out his body" because the appearance of an
ambulance and a fire engine at the embassy made
the terrorists uneasy, the man told the newsman.
The vehicles were withdrawn.
poorer te tifies
Adm. Thomas Moorer, right, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, arrives on Capitol Hill accompanied
by his aide, Capt. Jack MacKercher, to testify bef are the Senate Armed Service Committee. In his
testimony Moorer denied he ever ordered spying on Henry Kissinger.
Prisoner exchange to begin
SAIGON (Reuter)-South Viet-
nam and the Viet Cong yesterday
Agreed to exchange a total of
1,404 prisoners after their nego-
tiators here held the fourth meet-
ing within 24 hours to iron out
final details of the releases.
The agreement to resume ex-
changes of prisoners, suspended
last July after mutual accusa-
tions about the handling of re-
leases,, followed more than two
months of tough negotiations.
A VIET CONG spokesman told
reporters that under the agreed
schedule, the Viet Cong would
free 100 military and 104 civilian
SouthVietnamese prisoners with-
in one week beginning Friday.
South Vietnam will release
1,200 Viet Cong military and ci-
vilian prisoners during the same
One of the main obstacles in
the prisoner exchange negotia-
tions was setting up a timetable
for the releases and agreeing on
the inspection of release sites.
BUT BOTH sides apparently
made concessions in order to
reach yesterday's accord.
Altogether, over 4,000 prisoners
are listed for exchange, but the
fate of those captured since the
January ceasefire last year re-
IN LAOS, the government and
the communist-led Pathet Lao
signed an agreement outlining
the role and shape of the joint
police forces organized to patrol
the capital of Vientiane and the
royal capital at Luang Prabang.
The agreement clears the way
for formation of a coalition gov-
ernment. One government min-
ister said he hoped this could
be achieved by the end of the
month or early next month.
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