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 - Terry rips plans to dilute riot laws By LARRY...
Terry rips plans to dilute riot laws By LARRY K. MARTIN Dover Bureau Chief CAPE HENLOPEN - Gov. Charles L. Terry Jr. last night defended the riot-control riot-control riot-control laws he recommended, saying that "they don't hurt a decent, respectable respectable person in the state " Terry said legislators who desire desire to change the laws "had better have the votes to override a veto." Along with other speakers at Frem Flnt Pgc) commander in other military to believe the favorable moreland, U.S. Vietnam, and chiefs led him United States is in a position. The President said the lull In U.S. air activity since the targets targets were hit near the Chinese border late last week is due to unfavorable weather and not to a change of strategy. QUESTIONED about the South Vietnamese elections, Johnson praised the young country for coming "so far so fast toward representative government" while fighting aggression. Asked about fears that the ruling ruling military government in Saigon Saigon is rigging the elections to stay in power, Johnson promised promised that the United States is "doing all we can to assure orderly, orderly, free and fair elections," but that "this is a matter for the Vietnamese." Johnson expressed pleasure that South Vietnamese Chief of State Nguyen Van Thieu had said that, if elected president, he would seek peace talks with North Vietnam. the 15th annual Democratic Beach Jamboree here, Terry concentrated his speech on civil unrest and measures taken in Delaware to control it. Terry also heaped scorn on Republican Rep, Anthony J. Cic-ione Cic-ione Cic-ione of Elsmere, who had demanded demanded that Terry provide state reimbursement to victims of the Elsmere flooding. "ANY man who will try to make political hay out of the tragedy that occurred in Els mere is not much of a man, Terry said. "Cicione tried to do it, and I think he fell flat on his face." The governor told the nearly 500 Democrats that "your homes are at stake; your lives are at stake" in the civil disor ders now rocking many Ameri can cities- cities- Terry said, "I don't respect anyone" who would attempt to water down the anti-riot anti-riot anti-riot bills He then promised to veto any attempts to amend the meaS' ures. THE bills passed Aug. 4 pro- pro- vide, among other things, mandatory mandatory three-year three-year three-year sentences for those convicted of destroying property during a state of emergency. emergency. Terry declared a state of emergency in Wilmington the day the bills were passed and has not lifted it. Attempts were made in each house to remove the three-year three-year three-year mandatory sentences, and sev eral legislators promised further attempts to try this fall. "These are serious and troubled troubled times," Terry said. "It is not a question of civil rights- rights- It is a question of hoodlums taking over, destroying property, burn ing property, looting property and shooting people. ALL of the respectable Negroes in the state of Dela ware and the respectable white people support it (the riot- riot- control bills) 100 per cent. "Who do those laws hurt? They don't hurt any decent, respectable citizen in the state of Delaware. They only hurt those who would hurt you, des troy you, burn you." The administrative assistant to the state Democratic Com mittee, John F. Rieley, called Terry's bills, "The toughest law in the nation." He said Democrats Democrats could use passage of the bills as campaign material next year. WILMINGTON Mayor John E Babiarz told the group that he was sure state and Wilmington handling of the tense Wilming ton situation "will be recognized by the voters in November 1968 and will be reflected in the votes at the polls. He said that, "With the help of the governor, we have managed to come through so far this summer without too much diffi culty." ' State Democratic Chairman Alexis I. du Pont Bayard provided provided the only moment of levity in the evening of speech-making speech-making speech-making when he compared Republicans to the mosquitos that invaded the jamboree area. "THEY are annoying, but not fatal," Bayard said. Other Delaware Democrats who spoke at the party included former Gov. Elbert N, Carvel, former U.S. Rep. Harris B, McDowell Jr. and former Audi tor Charles F. Moore. ing first Air and a the be of ed pending for

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  1. The Morning News,
  2. 19 Aug 1967, Sat,
  3. Page 2

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