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    Vol.60/No.45           December 16, 1996 
 
 
25 And 50 Years Ago  

December 17, 1971
As of November 30, the outcome of the November 28 elections in Uruguay was still in doubt. The Colorado party held the lead with 575,690 votes as against 565,556 for the National party (Blancos) and 252,534 for the Broad Front (Frente Amplio).

Although he quickly conceded defeat after seeing the early returns, General Liber Seregni Mosquera was perhaps the one most surprised by the defeat of the Broad Front. On November 26, the presidential candidate of the popular- front formation went on television and radio to give a victory speech, so certain was he that he would be swept into office.

The main architect of the Broad Front was the Communist Party. Its objective was to divert the current upsurge into safe electoral channels. As proof positive that it hoped to play the role of savior of the capitalist system rather than its destroyer, the Arismendi leadership of the CP made sure that the three leading candidates of the Broad Front would be acceptable to ruling circles in Uruguay. The ex-General Liber Seregni and Dr. Juan Josť Crottogini were nominated for the presidency and vice- presidency, and Dr. Hugo Villar for mayor of Montevideo. December 14, 1946
As fighting between the new Greek partisan movement and the government spread from northern to central and southern Greece last week, representatives of the reactionary Tsaldaris government tried before the UN Security Council to justify and even reinforce the presence of British imperialist troops in the country by charging Yugoslavia and Albania with provoking border disputes.

In recent weeks fighting in the north has been intensified by the reinforcement on both sides of important forces in men and heavy weapons. Thanks to the support of the population and the mountainous nature of this area; the partisans have not only driven back the attacks of Tsaldaris' troops, which are motorized and supported by an air force, but have even extended their control on more than 100 villages of West Macedonia.

The new partisan movement was formed by elements who had belonged to the ELAS as well as other workers and farmers opposed to the monarchist regime of terror. The partisans have reestablished telegraphic and telephonic communications, opened the schools and formed popular courts.  
 
 
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