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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, October 24, 1975

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transfer of powers to begin

MADRID, Spain W) - Doctors
issued a medical bulletin last
night saying that 82-year-old
Gen. Francisco Franco suffered
a relapse following a heart at-
tack two days ago.
The statement opened the way
for a constitutional transfer of
power to the generalissimo's
designated h e i r, 37 - year old
Prince Juan Carlso de Borbon.
The cabinet is expected to start
the transfer in motion when it
meets today.
Juan Carlos and Premier Car-
los Arias Navarro rushed to the
ailing leader's Pardo Palace 10

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miles north of Madrid along
with the leader of the Spanish
parliament and a group of min-
isters.
A SPOKESMAN at the palace
said Franco was "recovering."
He said reports that the head
of state was in a coma were
"lies," but did not directly re-
pudiate the doctors' declaration.
Some fo r e i g n diplomatic
sources said it was their opin-
ion Franco was not critically ill,
but that his illness had been
exaggerated in a political move
to oust him.
"The chief of state has suf-
fered a relapse and incipient
heart failure has appeared,"
said the brief bulletin from his
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11 attending physicians.
THE DOCTORS' report was
their first since Franco suffered
a severe heart attack Tuesday.
The bulletin from the semioffi-
cial Spanish News Agency made
no mention of Franco's chances
of survival or recovery.
Sources said the relapse was
believed toshave occurred some-
time Wednesday or early yes-
terday.
Medical sources had insisted
privately that the damage to
Franco's heart was more se-
vere than the official "acute
coronary crisis" would suggest.
Franco's aides at the Pardo
Palace, however, had depicted
the leader as making a rapid
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recovery, walking about his
apartment and watching movies.
HIGHLY placed sources said
Premier Arias kept his cabinet
in session for an unprecedented
nine hours lastknight in an at-
tempt to block Franco from
presiding over the regular Fri-
day session.
High government sources had
said Franco firmly intended to
preside and thus display deter.
mination to continue his 36
years of authoritarian rule de-
spite age, infirmity and press-
ing national problems.
The medical bulletin indicated
Franco would not be at the
cabinet session today. The first
step in his removal from author-
ity would be for a two-thirds
majority of the cabinet to in-
form the Council of the Realm,
the chief advisory body to the
head of state, of Franco's un-
fitness to serve.
THE 19-MEMBER c o u n c i l
would need a simple majority
vote to pass the information on
to the Cortes - Spain's parlia-
ment-which then has eight days
to declare Prince Juan Carlos
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Americans blasted
at Pan Am games
MEXICO CITY OP) - U. S. athletes in the Pan American
Games have been kicked and slugged, insulted and spat upon,
I hooted and jeered.
"We have made known our concern to the head of the Mexi-
can organizing committee, but he has not seen fit to take any
action," said Col. Don Miller, executive director of the 441-mem-
ber American team competing in these hemispheric champion-
ships in 19 sports.
A NEWSMAN who has covered five of the, six previous Pan
Am Games said there has never before been the kind of anti-
American attitude which is being expressed in Mexico, including
the 1955 Games in Mexico City. He said there had been some
resentment and occasional booing, most of it because the United
States has always won two and three times as many medals as
any other country.
Anti-Americanism is rife among Cuban athletes and some
Mexican fans at the Games. Cuba has made an all-out effort
' here - both athletically and through attempts to emotionally
bother American athletes - to make a good showing and thus
embarrass the United States.
t "At least part of it is the natural and normal reaction of
Mexican sports," said one American who was studied Mexican
' crowds and Mexican people for a decade. "Another part involves
the underdog aspect, rooting for the little guy against the big
guy."
HOWEVER, a number of incidents go beyond that explana-
tion. Water polo player Jim Ferguson, of San Jose, Calif., got a
black eye and a cut cheek and Eric Lindroth, of Newport Beach,
Calif., required 10 stitches to close a split lip after a brawl dur-
ing a game with Cuba that left the water stained red. The U.S.
coach said none of his players threw a punch. The United States
won the game 3-1.
Race walker Larry Young of Columbia, Mo., was closing in
on the two leading Mexicans when the course of the 20 kilometer
walk took the leaders through the University of Mexico. Young
said rowdy Mexican students grabbed his shirt, spit on him
and held him until the eventual winner and runner-up were well
in front. He finished third.
Jennifer Chandler of Lincoln, Ala., only 16-years-old, was
punished with a roaring cascade of cat-calls, hoots and whistles-
the Latin American equivalent of booing - as she started to
make the ninth of 10 dives in sprinboard diving.
SHE WAS so shaken she had to walk away from the board,
returned and made a poor dive. The crowd action was so un-
nerving the judges awarded Miss Chandler a rare second chance
on the dive. She eventually won, tears streaming down her face.
Although this may have been the most bitter example, jeer-
ing, hooting and whistling have become commonplace at the in-
troduction of and competition by American athletes who tradi-
tionally dominate these quadriennial games. In this year's two-
week games, the Americans have now more than doubled the
medal-total of their nearest rival, Cuba.
Canadians have received their share of derisive whistling.
Police had to be called to quell a disturbance that reached near-
riot proportions when a Cuban athlete received three penalties
and was automatically, disqualified in a judo final against a
Canadian.
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