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In Belgium last week the crisis came to a head. Ever since his return from exile, Belgium's Communists have attacked Premier Hubert Pierlot. They have criticized his Government's courageous but unpopular deflation program (TIME, Nov. 6), its slowness in purging collaborators, its handling of food rationing and crippled communications. When Premier Pierlot last week ordered Belgian Resistance groups (40,000 strong) to disarm and disband, his three leftist ministers (two Communists and one Resistance) resigned in noisy protest.

Before the Premier's office in Brussels unarmed Resistance men & women shouted: "Resign!" Before the...

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