Saturday, August 16, 1975
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Coup maybe brewing in Portugal
By AP and UPI to take full control of the government. former Foreign Minister Ernesto Melo dent moderates in an attempt to work
LISBON, Portugal - A leading news- Military sources said they were not Antunes; last Saturday after they de- out a compromise agreement.
paper said yesterday there could be a aware any such move was imminent, manded that the military regime re-
weekend coup in Portugal stemming from but agreed that tension within the armed verse its decision to turn Portugal into a MEANWHILE, the Communists pre-
growing opposition to the nation's pro- forces was becoming critical. Soviet style "people's democracy'" pared to meet what General Secretary
Communist prime minister among com- Alvaro Cunhal called "a wave of fascist
manders of the armed forces. THEY QUOTED Col. Jaime Neves as THE SOURCES said military security violence" by holding a rally Saturday
"Unconfirmed rumors are circulating saying that fighting would break out chief Gen. Otelo Saravia de Carvalho night in the north-central town of Alco-
of a possible coup attempt that could within a week unless Prime Minister formally accepted the motion by the 140 baca. This is where angry townspeople-
come from the left or the right to clear Vasco Goncalves stepped down. Neves, commanders at an emergency meeting beat Communists in the street two weeks
up the situation," the weekly newspaper who has been under attack from the Wednesday and was scheduled to pre- ago. A rash of anti-Communist violence
Expresso said. Commnists and the extreme left. com- sent it to President Francisco da C osta i ih p At-- d than 4n Ca i miz-
IT SAID THE reports were based on
a series of coded messages picked up on
amateur radio frequencies, which men-
tioned this weekend.
The last time Expresso reported such
a rumor was in its March 8 edition. On
March 11, an abortive right-wing mili-
tary coup led the army's leftists faction
mands 850 commandos stationed on the
outskirts of the capital.
Military sources said 100 key com-
manders in the armed forces have passed
a motion demanding that the ruling
three man junta bring nine ousted mod-
erate officers back into the influential
The junta fired the nine officers, led by
The military security chief and the
president serve on the junta with the
prime minister, described by the sources
as the chief target of the motion.
Carvalho, who has the support of ex-
treme leftists, was reported to have
held a series of meetings with the dissi-
nas aes royea more t an %v "munist
headquarters across the nation and left
four persons dead this month.
The Communist challenge set off fears
of one of the bloodiest weekends of the-
15-month-old Portuguese revolution, al-
ready shaken by a power struggle within
the ruling military and growing non-
Communist dissidence in the streets.
swears in new
NEW DELHI (UPI) - A rightist lawyer was sworn in as presi-
dent of Bangladesh yesterday after rebellious military men killed
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, two of his nephews and prime Minister
Mansoor Ali in a swift coup. The revolt touched off a bloodbath
among Mujib's followers, border reports said.
The new regime imposed martial law and a 24 haur curfew, but
the news agency Press Trust of India, reporting from the border
village of Agartala, said at least 200 of the Sheikh's followers were
killed in riotitg that followed announcement of the coup.
BROADCASTS from the Bangladesh capital of Dacca said Mu-
jib , the 55 year old founder of Bangladesh, was shot to death in
his room in the presidential by his own bodyguards early yester-
day because of his inability to solve the staggering problems of
one of the poorest countries in the world.
They said Commerce and
Foreign Trade Minister Khon
dakkar Mushtaque Ahmed, 56,
once a close ally of Mujib, was
sworn in as president by acting
Chief Justice Mohammed Hus-
The official name of Bangla- I p i c'e
desh was changed from "Peo-
ple's Republic" to "Islamic Re-
public," an indication of a pos-hand?
sible swing away from Mujib's
extreme socialist policies.
Dul Photo by STEVE KAGAN
'A licientious young nobleman'
THE LEADING MALE BARITONE in the Music School's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni
creates his face yesterday prior to the evening's performance. The opera was first performed
Interns, residents Uoose
new Fcontract to 'U' Hospital
By JO MARCOTTY
After several weeks at the bargaining table,
interns and residents of the University's Medical
Center have reached the half-way-point in con-
tract negotiations with the health center's ad-
The interns and residents union-House Officers
Association (HOA)-have presented the adminis-
tration with their tentative demands and are now
waiting for the University to respond with counter
proposals on August 27.
THEIR PRESENT contract expires Septem-
The union's primary demands concern a 12
per cent wage hike and extensive changes in
patient care and work environment policies.
"The 'U' (University Medical Center) is such a
large structure that when you are trying to get
a patient worked up and treatment started, it
takes three or four hours to get things moving,"
said Patrick Feehen, a University Hospital in-
tern. "You find yourself waiting for X-rays, find-
ing the film, trying to get tabs down and back.
The messenger service is so slow."
HOA has a total of 17 proposed alterations in
the way patients are cared for-from serving
their food hot to demanding an adequate ancil-
"IT TAKES a lot of equipment to keep that
food hot," said one source close to the bargain-
ing team. "And it'll take a lot of money. But
patients should be served hot food."
Barry Carleton, negotiator for HOA, stated that
he was unaware of how the administration would
respond to their proposed contract. Douglas
Geister, spokesman for the Medical Center's
bargaining team refused to comment on the
It is unclear, however, what action the HOA
will take if an agreement is not reached by the
September 1 expiration date. At this point, the
bargaining committee is not planning any kind of
protest in the form of a strike or work slowdown
should the two sides fail to come to terms.
"I DO NOT believe that our membership will
have a job action," stated Carleton. He explained
that the union is required to inform federal offi-
cials several weeks in advance if they intend to
organize a job action. "And we have made no
such notification," he added.
He maintained, however, that in his opinion,
the only issue worth a job action was patient
care, and not economic demands.
A pay hike is one of their major demands,
however. The union is asking a 12 per cent raise,
which equals an average annual increase of
BUT THE new president said
over Bangladesh radio that his
government would strictly fol-
low the non - aligned foreign
policy of his predecessor.
"All international treaties
entered into by the previous
government will be honored,"
In its three and a half years
as an independent state, Ban-
gladesh, with a population of
close to 80 million, has heen ra-
vaged by famine that killed tens
of thousands, floods, drought,
civil unrest and cyclones, and
burdened by corruptio and in-
SHEIKH MUJIB, a hero of the
Bengalis in their fight for inde-
pendence, saw his popularity
wane because of the country's
perennial crises and widespread
government corruption. Last
year he abolished the parlia-
mentary system and installed
himself as absolute ruler.
Ahmed, once a close aide of
the Sheikh, turned against him
when Mujib fired him as Ior-
eign minister because of what
diplomats said was a pro-Amer-
ican domination of Bangladesh
and the Sheikhs depende -e on
By The Associated Press
Israeli Foreign Minister Yi-
gal Allon said yesterday an in-
terim settlement with Egypt is
closer "than any time in the
past," but several problems still
Allon, speaking in Tel Aviv,
said he "would not be surpris-
ed" if Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger came to the Middle
East before the end of next week
to work out final details of the
CAIRO'S semiofficial news-
paper Al Abram also expects
Kissinger to resume his shuttle
It said Kissinger would fly
to Israel Wednesday and then go
to the Egyptian resore city of
Alexandria on Friday to meet
with President Anwar Sadat. Af-
ter completing his Israeli-Egy)
tin mission Kissinger a-ill stop
in Syria, Jordan and Satudi Ara-
bia, Al Ahram said.
Allon, discussing provisions of
the proposed agreement, said
that if American personnel were
sent to the Middle East as part
of a disengagement agreement
between Israel and Egypt, they
would be civilian and not mili-
"This is not a military pres-
ence, but a civilian presonce
with more political than mil-
tary meaning," Alton said in a
ta t-elevision interview.