A pro-Communist "Peace Conference", which began Mar 5 in mexico City, drew an overflow crowd of 3,000 to the opening session.
A pro-Communist "Peace Conference", which began Mar 5 in mexico City, drew an overflow crowd of 3,000 to the opening session. An anti-Communist convention held at the same time in the Mexican capital attracted fewer than 500 people. Doth will continue until Mar 8.
Sponsored by the World Peace Council, the pro-communist rally was held in a hired Union hall. Visiting delegations from Europe, communist China and Africa were scheduled to attend. The agenda outlined a programme basically pro-Cuba and anti-United States. cuban flags and the presence of Raul Castro's wife in the audience helped to emphasise the theme. One of the organisers of the "Peace conference" was former Mexican President Gardenas. He was the first speaker, and has been vigorously criticized for taking part. This is unusual in Mexico where past chief executives are usually revered. The speaker who make the biggest hit was Alberto Cassela, from Argentina. He repudiated the Monroe doctrine and jeered at "Yankee Imperialism" to the delight of the overflow audience outside the hall.
The National Anti-Communist Party opened its annual conference in another part of Mexico City. A thousand delegates from cities all over Mexico were expected, but fewer than 500 attended. One reason was that the date of the convention had been put forward from mar 18 when Party leaders heard about the rival pro-communist gathering. Mario Leal, the Party president, called for the expulsion of Communists from Mexico. Other speakers reiterated the same idea and delegates formed ranks for a march to the Angel of Independence Monument on one of Mexico City's busiest streets, Police, may in plain clothes, were all over the place but there was no trouble. Three hours later the pro-Communists visited the same monument.