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Colombian Leader Launches Mass Protest Against Anti-israel Threats

Jose Mercado, president of the Labor Federation of Colombia, has launched a campaign throughout Latin America to rally support for a mass petition to United Nations Secretary General U Thant, protesting recent Arab threats against Israel, it was reported here today.

The Colombian labor leader has circulated a memorandum calling for the support of the labor movements in the various Latin American countries and to Mr. Thant, protesting the flow of Soviet weapons to Arab countries and the employment of West German scientists in Egyptian arms development. A similar memorandum has been circulated by the Workers Federation of Uruguay.