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Vol. 75/No. 13      April 4, 2011

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April 4, 1986
AUSTIN, Minn.—Striking meatpackers are calling on all supporters of their eight-month strike against the Geo. A. Hormel Co. to come to Austin for a national march and rally Saturday, April 12.

The company was able to reopen its plant January 21 when Minnesota Gov. Rudy Perpich sent the National Guard into Austin to herd scabs.

On March 20 strikers organized a picket line that shut down the plant for several hours. This was the first time that production was stopped at the plant since the Guard was sent. Hormel admits that the action cost the company $300,000.

The call for action comes as the strikers—members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local P-9—face stepped-up attacks not only by the company but by top officials of their international union.  
April 3, 1961
This country is dangling on the brink of another war. American troops are poised on the borders of Laos awaiting orders from Washington which would send them into another Korean-type war.

Utilizing all the resources of press and television to create the ominous atmosphere of national emergency, President Kennedy delivered an ultimatum to the Soviet Union—an order that unless certain conditions were quickly met U.S. military force would be used.

The U.S. record in Laos stinks to high heaven. It includes violation of the 1954 Geneva Truce pact neutralizing that country, ruining its economy, subverting neutralist government to install a right-wing military dictatorship, and starting a civil war. All this was done to convert Laos into a military bastion for a war against China.  
April 4, 1936
A three-day pitched battle between Mongolian and Manchukuo-Japanese forces in the Lake Bor region on the Outer Mongolian border brought the ever-latent Soviet-Japanese tension boiling once more to the surface this week.

Dispatches from Ulan Bator, the Mongol capital, to Moscow, described a battle in which tanks, planes, armored cars, and machine guns were brought into play. Several hundred men were engaged on both sides in the fight, which ended with the expulsion of the invading Manchukuo-Japanese troops. Moscow reports following the battle stated that additional Japanese reinforcements were being rushed to the battle area.

The Japanese-Manchukuo forces have provoked these border skirmishes by claiming for themselves territory which has always been recognized as being well within the Mongolian frontier.  
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