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Wednesday, August 23, 1972


News Phone: 764-0552

As the Human Rights Party
(HRP) prepares to nominate
candidates tomorrow, attention
is focusing on who will get HRP's
nod to face Democrat P e r r y
Bullard and Republican Michael
Renner in the 53rd District State
Representative race.
This attention has arisen part-
ly because the contest is HRP's
first attempt at a state office,
but also because this is the most
hotly contested nomination battle
in the party's short history.
As many as five persons have
at one time or another been un-
der consideration for the posi-
tion. The field has been sharp-
ly narrowed over the last week,
however, and now only two per-
sons - Steve Burghardt and Eric
Chester - remain in serious con-

dit on,
As recently as one week ago,
psychology instructor Gretchen
Wilson was expected to get the
nod. But she has since dropped
out of the race.
The human
Ii '#si Party
Conwe ntionu
An unsuccessful school b o a r d
candidate under the HRP ban-
ner two months ago, Wilson en-
joyed the initial support of such
party luminaries as City Coun-
cil member Jerry De Grieck,
April campaign ' co-ordinator
Steve Nissen and Burghardt.
The recent return of Chester
from Europe changed the pic-

state rep nomination
ture dramatically, however. "left caucus" held last Friday Monday, Burghardt - who had
Chester, a founder of the party night before the opening of the been wavering between Chester
proclaimed Wilson to be unac- convention's weekend sessions. and Wilson - announced that he
ceptable. Wilson, he argued, lack- In the caucus and the conven- would seek the nomination him-
ed leadership experienced with- tion sessions following it, it be- self. Shortly thereafter, Wilson
- in the party and a "well-formu- came apparent the Chester-Wil- dropped out of the race.
tated" ideology. son battle was becoming a major Although there is general
His objections were based on polarizing factor within t h e agreement within the party that
the conception - generally ac- party. his announcement was ill-timed,
cepted among party regulars - The Chester faction charged some see Burghardt as an ideal
that an HRP state representative that Wilson's candidacy was an compromise. -
must be capable of accepting ti- "opportunist" attempt to w a o While being ideologically cons-
tular ideological leadership of liberal voters with whom she patable with the Chester faction,
- the state party. maintains good contacts. Such a Burghardt is not generally per-
As the highest elected official campaign, Chester argued, would ceived as vulnerable to t h e
- of the party, they reason, the be inconsistent with the party's charges of intolerance and sec-
state representative will be very tough ideological stance. tarianism which have been lev-
much in the public eye. He or The pro-Wilson forces, on the eled at Chester.
she, therefore, must be able to other hand, chharged that Ches- As things stand now, t h e r e
make quick and independent de- ter was trying to make it seem will be three choices facing par-
cisions consistent with basic par- that anyone who didn't share his ty roembers when the vote on
ty ideology, hard line and history of street the state representative race
r These points, among others, activism was somehow unfit to comes up tomorrow - Chester,
were brought out at a special represent the party. See HRP, Page 9


. . AP Photo
AMcUoske jovli s Protstors~
Rep. Paul IcCloskey (R-Calif.) stands amid prot esters in Miami Beach yesterd-ay. McCloskey re-
ceived the only vote not pledged to Nixon in last night's nomination poceedings. When asked to
withdraw his name to preserve party unity, McCloskey answered, "Not while those bombs keep
Belfast guerrillas, Six others
lown up in bomb explosion

Chile cools off
following protest
by anti-Marxists
SANTIAGO, Chile '--Troops and police returned to
their barracks yesterday after anti-Marxists mounted a day
and night of violent protests against food shortages.
President Salvador Allende placed the provinces of
Santiago and Magallanes under a state of emergency and
appointed military commanders to keep order until tempers
. The protests climaxed a one-day strike on Monday by
the country's 150,000 shopkeepers and retail merchants.
Allende, whose socialist policies are blamed for the acute
food shortage, tried without success to break the strike. He
threatened government takeover of their establishments.
But shopkeepers replied that they would strike indefinitely,
and he gave up thoughts of
The protests began last week XOH w ar
in Magallanes, in the far south,
and spread over the weekend to
Santiago, the capital. soltion'
Three people were injured
when a firebomb was tossed atis r v a e
a trolleybus in Santiago on Mon
day. Dozens more were bruised
in running clashes between pro- MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (i -
testers and police. About 160 Daniel Ellsberg said yesterday
deionstrators were acreted. All that President Nixon had a plan
were idenstified as anti-Mtarxist to end the war four years ago-
youths. using frogmen in Haiphong
Several hundred youths threw harbor and marines in Laos to
up barricades of burning logs show North Vietnam he would
and automobile tires along 15 escalate the war if necessary.
blocks of Providencia Avenue, Ellsberg told a news confer-
a swank shopping and residential ence that the moves were kept
thoroughfare. Other youths roam- from the public, but were clear
ed the downtown area, stoning to the North Vietnamese.
police and putting tip barricades.
le said they also were clear
Hlousewives leaned out of their to the Soviet Union and that
windows and banged kitchen pots Nixon and Henry Kissinger, his
and skillets for 30 minutes. Mo- foreign relations adviser, be-
torists accompanied them with lieved the Russians could be
three short blasts of the horn. pressured into convincing the
The automobile of Labor Min- North Vietnamese into ending
ister Mireya Baltra, a Commun- the war.
ist, was smashed by angry neigh- Ellsberg, a former Rand Corp.
analyst being tried by the gov-
hors as she returned home late ernment over public release of
at night. Police had to fire four the Pentagon Papers, said that
shots in the air to disperse the sometime between Nixon's fifth
crowd. and tenth week in office in 1969
the President:
The state of emergency bans
publc metigs nd uspnds -Sent Navy fi-ogmen into
public neetings and suspends Iaiphong harbor ostensibly to
some constitutional guarantees, chart it for future mining;
permitting police to arrest people
without warrants and military t aos-
comandrs-o mpoe ss
commanders to Impose press -Ordered B52 bombing in then
censorship. neutral Cambodia.
The Chamber of Commerce and Ellsberg said he learned of
two other business associations the policy by mid 1969 through
called the strike. They complain- dealings with Kissinger's office
ed that inflation, the scarcity of on a Vietnam war options paper
goo p icaonlsand other Ellsberg was in charge of pre-
goods, price controls ad paring for consideration by the
restrictions were squeezing re- President and the National Se-
tailers out of business. curity Council.

BELFAST, Northern Ireland W)
Two guerrilla bombers killed
themselves and six other persons
yesterday when they blew up a
customs post in the border town
of Newry in a raid that went
The body of a man, hooded and
boind, was found in South Bel-
fast later to make it nine dead
and Northern Ireland's bloodiest
day since British troops stormed
barricaded guerrilla strongholds
three weeks ago in a bid to crush
the Irish Republican Army -
The province's three-year death
toll rose to 527 as the IRA struck
after warnings that it planned to
intensify its terror blitz, stalled
by the army's invasion of their
base areas in Roman Catholic
Eight mangled bodies were
dragged from the rubble of the
customs clearing house in New-
ry, a predominantly Catholic
town 30 miles south of Belfast.

Police said the blast "just about
demolished' the red brick build-
ing, repaired two weeks ago af-
ter it was ripped by a carload of
terrorist exposives.
Among the bodies were the two
terrorists who forced their way
into the building at gunpoint to
dump their 60-pound bomb in a
cardboard carton.
They died before they could
plant the bomb, which security
sources speculated was made of
a highly sensitive and volatile
chemical the IRA has been forced
to use since troops seized m o r e
than five tons of their caches
of gelignite and other explos-
- The two guerrillas forced their
way into the post where f o u r
customs officers were working.
At least two truck drivers were
there waiting for clearance for
their loads brought over t h e
frontier from the Irish Republic.
One officer rang the alarm. As
the terrorists dropped their

bomb, everyone stampeded for
the door. But the bomb explod-
Chris Daly, the 26-year-old post
manager, said: "Some p e o p 1 e
ran into the explosion. Another
five seconds and everyone would
have been clear. There was a lot
of panic."
At least six persons were
w'ounded, three of them serious-
ly. Police at first thought t h e
bombers' getaway driver, wait-
ing outside in a car, was among
the casualties, but he got away.
The guerrillas' weapons, a
Thompson submachine gun and a
pistol, were found in the debris.
It was the fourth IRA bomb
mistake in two weeks. T h o s e
mistakes have now killed at least
five guerrilla bombers, including
a 17-year-old girl terrorist in Bel-
fast 10 days ago. Security sourc-
es blamed the unpredictable ex-
plosive the IRA now uses and
about which the bombers appar-
ently know little.

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