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LONDON (AP) -The Greater London
Council TGLC), which governs the
British capital, plans to create in the
city's tough East End what critics say is
Britain's first officially sanctioned non-
white ghetto.
The GLC says the plan is designed to
protect more than 20,000 Bengali im-
migrants from Bangaladash from in-
creasing attacks by white extemists:
"It's a reasonable and sensible
solution to a very difficult problem,"
said Horace Cutler, chairman of the
Conservative-controlled GLC. "If
they're kept together we can prevent
BUT COMMUNITY relations exper-
ts, politicians and even some of the
immigrants fear the move will fan
smoldering racial tensions in the
notoriously violent area and establish a
dangerous precedent.
The congroversial move by the GLC,
which also is Britain's biggest housing
authority, comes amid mounting fears
of racial trouble in many British cities

to create Bengali ghetto
and Bengali agitation in the East End
for "safe areas." coming here from Commonwealth A GLC SPOKESMAN said about 2,
"I think in the long run this can only countries since 1948, make up 3.4 per- Bengalis from 300 families will
be harmful to racial harmony," said cent of the nation's 56 million inhabitan- rehoused initially in apartment bloc
Arthur Latham, a legislator who is ts. where there are already large numb
chairman of London's Labor Party. Non-white areas have sprung up, we e are rad care .,;
of them Howe r the B ssliH nlci


It's a reasonable and sensible solution to a
very difficult problem. If they're kept to-
gether we can prevent intimidation.'
-Horace Cutler, GLC Chairman

VIUVI. nwve, ,Me tengal dousing
Action Group, a militant pressure
group, said it has given the GLC a list of
13 "safe areas" where they want
Bangladeshis rehoused in municipal
"Our main preoccupation is survival
as individuals and as a community,"
said Mala Dhondhy, BHAC's spoked-
woman. "Safety from physical attacks
is crucial."
A GLC spokesman stressed there was
no quetion of Asians being forcibly
moved into the designated areas or
whites being forced out.
"Bengalis will be moved into housing
estates with existing Bengali com-
munities when and where units are
available," the spokesman said. "No
one is being ordered to do anything."

"We are, in effect, encouraging a ghet-
to. The problem is whether we're going
to live with racism or try to fight it and I
think we should fight it."
THE GLC'S PLAN runs counter to
Britain's traditional policy of
discouraging the growth of ghettos
among the country's 1.9 million non-
whites. The immigrants, who have been

especialy in decaying inner city areas
where most whites refuse to live. A
government spokesman said there
were no plans to intervene in the GLC
plan and noted: "It's our policy that
local authorities are autonomous and
that the wishes of residents be taken in-
to consideration on housing matters.
That seems to be the case here."

China starts anti-Lin Piao drive

A News Analysis
TOKYO (AP) - At the risk of
opening old wounds, Teng Hsiao-ping,
China's No. 2 leader, has ordered the
armed forces to renew a campaign of
denunciation against Lin Piao, a hero of
the Cultural Revolution who later died
discredited and in mysterious circum-
Teng, chief of the general staff, also
has called on the military to refrain
from paying "lavish lip service to Mao
Tse-tung thought," an admonition he
says Mao himself would have ap-
The combative Teng, deputy premier
and vice chairman of the Communist
Party, says his campaign against the
late defense minister Lin, who was so
closely identified with the 1966-69
Cultural Revolution, is not designed to
negate the accomplishments of those
three years of social upheaval.
INSTEAD, he says, it is aimed at
achieving greater national unity and

"settling accounts."
Lin, who had been in line to succeed
Mao as China's leader, reportedly died
in an airplane crash in late 1971 after
what Peking said was an attempt by
him to seize power.
The 74-year-old Teng, making his
second political comeback, was a vic-
tim of the ideological purges of the
Cultural Revolution. He now says Lin
tried to sabotage the revolution
"initiated and led" by Mao.
Teng's comments came in a speech at
an all-army political work conference
last Friday. The full text was transmit-
ted here by the Hsinhua news agency
this week.
HE SAID the criticism of Lin should
be coupled with the current campaign
against the radical "Gang of Four" led
by Mao's widow, Chiang Ching.
. The four radical leaders were
arrested shortly after Mao's death in
1976 and were accused of having plotted
a coup. They had been responsible for

Teng's second fall from power, in early
"Some people say they are afraid
that the inclusion of Lin among the
targets for exposure and criticism
along with the Gang of Four might in-
volve the risk of negating the great
Cultural Revolution and that this might
be construed as digging up bygone
problems to the detriment of unity.
That is wrong," Teng told the soldiers.
HE CLAIMED Lin wal scarcely
criticized in the past because radicals
aimed attacks at Mao's image, at late
Premier Chou En-lai, who was Teng's
political mentor, and at the present
defense minister, Yeh Chien-ying. As
premier, Chou had linked Lin to alleged
anti-government subversion.
Teng assured those who sided with
the Gang of Four there would be no
reprisals for the persecution against
him and thousands of others.
There is "no question of dwelling on
bygones" he said, adding that the coun-
try could have "full confidence" in
those, like him, who had been

Lin Piao
rehabilitated - restored to good
Teng was purged by the radicals for
his views that modernization of in-
'dustry, agriculture, science and the
armed forces must be based on reality
- not just political theory.


Coffee production rising
WASHINGTON (AP) - World coffee left over after allowing for domestic
production is expected to be up sharply consumption, was estimated at 56.3
in the coming year to an estimated 74.6 million bags, compared with 51 million
million bags, the largest crop in four in 1977-78. -
years, the Agriculture Department said "ABOUT 40 per cent of the total in-
yesterday. crease in 1978-79 is accounted for by
In its first estimate for the 1978-79 Brazil, where production is estimated
season, the department's foreign at about 20 million bags," the agency
agricultural service said that the new said. "This-is less than earlier expec-
world crop may be about nine per cent tations since extended drought during
larger than the harvest of 68.6 million the growing season reduced bean size in
bags produced this year. ' some areas."
Exportable production, which is how The sharp drop in production two
much coffee producing countries have years ago triggered record prices.
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