MIDDLE EAST: Anniversary Plot

The anniversary of his revolution, July 23, 1952, is one of President Nasser's great occasions. At last year's Cairo blowout, he announced seizure of the Suez Canal Co. This year he planned to inaugurate the first session of his new one-party Parliament, and his followers hoped for new excitements.

One came just a few days before the anniversary; the government announced that it had been holding 14 Egyptians in jail since April for plotting the dictator's assassination. According to the Information Ministry, a group of officers, ''cashiered for reasons connected with their military conduct" in last November's Anglo-French-Israeli invasion, planned...

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