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* remained in the rebel sector.,
a ire State Department spokesman Robert
Holliday said the best information
b ] available indicated none of those left
els behind was injured or was being held by
evaouation mission would go into ac-
But a senior Defense Department of-
ficial said the U.S. is not ruling out the
possibility of sending Army
paratroopers on a rescue mission to
Zaire, and that's why some military
units remained on alert yesterday.
The official told reporters two bat-
talions of the 82nd Airborne Division
are being kept on alert at Fort Bragg,
N.C., because some Americans remain
in the Kolwezi area of Zaire - the cen-
ter of figlting between government and
Nonetheless, officials in Brussels said
Belgian paratroopers were ready to
head to the former Belgian colony if
needed to save their countrymen.
A PENTAGON spokesperson said it
now appeared unlikely that U.S.
paratroopers put on alert for a possible
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CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Police stop-
ped publication of Egypt's only leftist
newspaper yesterday, launching what
is expected to be a large-scale crack-
down on political opponents of
President Anwar Sadat's government.
At the same time, Egypt's infor-
mation minister told a news conference
that a referendum on political dissent
scheduled for Sunday "was in no way
intended to reverse", the political
liberalization policy Sadat began in
THE SIX-POINT referendum that
will be submitted to Egypt's 10-million
voters seeks approval of a set of prin-
ciples to govern political activities.
Journalists and politicians who have
"corrupted" political life or threaten
national unity or "social peace" would
be excluded from the political process
under provisions of the referendum
Abdel Moneim el Sawai, the infor-
mation minister, said the purpose of the
plebiscite is to "establish a
framework" for political party activity.
HE SAID IT was necessary to "have
some morals in executing democracy
and these have to be shown in the
political behavior of the parties. The
people are really afraid of having this
sort of democracy that is going the
wrong way, with no ethics."
Sadat has complained in recent
speeches about constant bickering in
Parlaiment that was holding up key
legislation and of politicians who ex-
ploited the economic hardships of the
people by sniping at government
ministers. He vowed to "crush"
political opponents by democratic
The measures appeared aimed at the
leftist National Progressive Union,
which has only about 20,000 hard-core
members, and the recently revived
WAFD, a rightist party that was
dominant before the 1952 revolution
that brought Gamal Abdel Nasser to
THE FIRST indication of the gover-
nment's new hard-line position against
dissidents came with the halting of
publication of the leftist party's weekly
newspaper, Al Ahaly.
El Sawai said the newspaper was not
permanently shut-down but that
authorities would decide on an issue-by-
issue basis whether to seek stop-
publication orders from the courts.
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