Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 02, 1980, Page 5, Image 5

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    Bombs explode
Iranians attack embassy
Mysterious saboteurs who
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
claims are directed by Wa
shington struck again in Iran
Thursday, attacking the oc
cupied U S. Embassy in Tehran,
bombing shops in two Iranian
cities and trying to blow up a
Tehran bridge, the Iranian news
media reported.
The young militants holding
the embassy said a revolution
ary guard was wounded in the
overnight attack by “U S.
agents,” Tehran Radio report
ed. Several persons were
reported wounded in the bomb
attacks.
—making the news—
From Associated Press Reports
WASHINGTON — Pres. Carter said Thursday the nation
has 'turned the corner’’ on inflation, but two former top
economists in Republican and Democratic administrations
said the economy is falling into a far deeper and longer
recession than Carter predicts.
"It's going to be a horrible one (recession),’’ said Alan
Greenspan, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in
the Ford administration. “It’s going to be terribly costly. It’s
going to throw a lot of people out of work.”
Barry Bosworth, Carter’s former director of the Council
on Wage and Price Stability, said the economy is deteriorat
ing “in a very steady and extreme fashion,” and predicted the
recession would last into 1981.
Carter, meanwhile, told a group of accountants at the
White House that “we do believe we’ve turned the corner” in
fighting inflation, and he repeated an earlier prediction that
the inflation rate “will drop significantly during the summer.”
MOSCOW — Masses of flag-waving Soviet workers filed
past their leaders and across Red Square in May Day
celebrations Thursday, but the ambassadors of at least 16
nations boycotted the celebration in protest of the Soviet
intervention in Afghanistan.
As if in response to the diplomatic boycott, the Soviets
paraded a float about Afghanistan, depicting an outraged
world public carrying a sign — written in English — reading
“Chinese-American Conspirations — Hands Off Afghanis
tan."
KEY WEST, Fla. — Federal officials made preparations
Thursday to send homeless Cuban refugees to a “tent city" at
Eglin Air Force Base and detained 25 immigrants suspected
of being criminals in their homeland.
Boats manned by Cuban-Americans continued to stream
into South Florida ports after pickups at the Port of Mariel in
Cuba. Officials estimated that 7,000 refugees had arrived in
Florida since the “Freedom Float" began last week — double
the number the United States said it would take when the
Cuban government announced it would give exit rights to
10,000 people who crowded the Peruvian embassy.
WASHINGTON — Enmeshed in a new government policy
of no-money no-work, the Federal Trade Commission went
out of business Thursday, waiting for Congress to provide
funds to restore its life.
The FTC’s 1,750 employees in Washington and 10
regional offices showed up for work anyway, but there was no
guarantee that they’d be paid and their efforts were restricted
officially to closing down the agency.
Four blocks east of FTC headquarters, in the Capitol, a
bill to transfer $7.6 million from a State Department appro
priation to the FTC waited to be called up for consideration in
the House of Representatives.
Speaker Thomas O’Neill seemed in no hurry to put the
emergency appropriation to a vote, saying only that the
House would continue its scheduled work. The money would
keep the FTC going for another 30 days.
In an unexpected develop
ment, American comedian and
civil rights activist Dick Gregory
met with Khomeini in Tehran.
Afterward Gregory sounded
hopeful for a resolution of the
hostage crisis, saying, "I don’t
think we have passed the talking
stage yet.”
Gregory has been in Tehran
fasting for a settlement of the
U S.-Iran confrontation. He
would not disclose what he dis
cussed with the 79-year-old
revolutionary leader.
Outside the U S. Embassy,
meanwhile, an estimated 40,000
Iranians staged a May Day labor
rally, urging American workers
to resist the "crazy acts” of
Pres. Carter.
Much of the Iranian govern
ment’s attention was focused
on London, where it was faced
with its own hostage crisis.
For the second day, three
Arab-lranian terrorists held 19
hostages at the Iranian Em
bassy in the British capital,
demanding freedom for 91
Arabs imprisoned by the
Khomeini regime in Iran’s Arab
populated province of Khuzes
tan. The Iranian government
was reported refusing to nego
tiate the demands.
The Tehran embassy militants
have reported several incidents
in recent days in which uniden
tified gunmen fired on the di
plomatic compound.
They say they have kept some
of the 50 American embassy
hostages in the compound
while dispersing some to seven
other Iranian cities in recent
days.
The Tehran Radio report
quoting the militants did not
describe the nature or extent of
the latest "armed attack." But
they charged that "U S. agents”
had carried it out.
After the U S. hostage rescue
attempt failed last Friday in the
Iranian desert, Tehran authori
ties warned Iranians to watch
for American infiltrators or
U S.-inspired Iranian agents left
behind by the retreating com
mandos.
Thursday’s bombings oc
curred in the southwestern city
of Khorramshahr, where two
leftist bookshops were wrecked,
and in the central Iranian city of
Isfahan, where a sandwich shop
was bombed and several per
sons were wounded, Iran’s Pars
ndws agency reported.
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