West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt has appealed for the continuing support of his whole country in the fight against urban terrorism.
West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt has appealed for the continuing support of his whole country in the fight against urban terrorism. He was addressing the German parliament in the capital on Thursday (20 October), only hours after the body of the kidnapped industrialist Dr. Hanns-Martin Schleyer had been found in France. As the authorities intensified their efforts to find Dr. Schleyer's killers, a government spokesman pledged that the murderers would be given no rest. He added that they would be "tracked down and given no chance."
SYNOPSIS: Mounting the biggest man hunt in West German history, police searched for the urban guerrilla gang believed to have killed the ???2-year old German employers' leader and other prominent public figures. Armed police made spot checks on roads throughout the country. Security at airports and railway stations was stepped up.
Police have also begun a huge publicity drive to familiarise West Germans with the faces and voices of the most wanted terrorists. Leaflets with which the country has been swamped show face of 16 suspects. A 50,000 mark (22,000 dollar) reward was offered for information leading to the capture of any member of the gang.
The car in which Dr. Schleyer's body was found was closely studied by forensic experts in Mulhouse, France. The examination was carried out in a police garage. The car was known not to have been stolen and authorities believe it was bought under an assumed name. But they think it unlikely that the kidnappers drove from Germany into France with the body in it.
Violent reaction to the deaths in prison of the three Baader-Meinhof gang leaders has been widespread. In Rome, left-wing university students had planned a march on the heavily-guarded West German embassy. When refused permission, they began setting up barricades and throwing fire bombs at police who made several arrests.