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Page Twelve

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, December 8, T 971

Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, December ~, 1971

PRISONERS TESTIFY
Brazil Week' begins with torture film

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LAST GRAD

By ZACHARY SCHILLER
Brazil Week, a series of events
intended to broaden public knowl-
!dge of conditions under the dic-
tatorship in Brazil, began last
night with a film documenting
"political repression" in that coun-
try.
"Brazil-A report on torture,"
a film by Saul Landau, was ac-
MERC bars
F union bid
(Continued from Page 1)
sity Medical Center. The Univer-
sity maintains that 'the interns
and residents are students and
should not be considered employes.
The case was argued in October
and all action has been halted,
'since then until a final decision'
is reached by the court.
The future remains unclear for
the Teaching Fellows Union. Rob-
ert Stout, vice president of Rack-
ham Student Government, who
has been interested in the union-
ization issue, was indefinite on the
next course of action. "We will
have to study the formal decision
with our attorney," he said. "But
from what I understand the main
issue is the determination of the
legitimate bargaining unit."
"If the issue is that we must
include the research assistants,
then we'll reconsider in light of
this decision. We'll have to see
what they (the research assist-
ants) say. But, if MERC main-
tains that we must include the
faculty in our union, we're ob-
viously out."
At this time Stout would not
say whether further action would
be taken with MERC or in court.

companied by a panel discussion
of historical conditions and the
present situation in Brazil. The
panel was highlighted by Marcos
Arruda, a Brazilian worker who
reports he has suffered tortures
at the hands of the Brazilian gov-
ernment for alleged subversive
activities.
Arruda spoke of living conditions
in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city,
as such that people "survive al-
most as animals." Most families,
according to Arruda, are forced to
live in huts where they are forced
to sleep on top of one another.
He described the situation of the
Brazilian peasants as "m u c h
worse," as they are forced to work
for as little as 60 cents a day.
Arruda's evidence was bolstered
by other members of the panel,
who included history° Prof. Robert
Mattoon, political science Prof.
Daniel Levine, anthropology Pro-
fessors Conrad Kottak and Michael
Tauusig. Community members of
the panel were Brain MisTrust
member Jim Brugh and John Wat-
son of the Black Workers Congress.
Panel members generally agreed
that U.S. corporations dominate

the Brazilian economy, while the
condition of Brazilian people as a
whole is steadily worsening. Since
1964, the year the military dic-
tatorship took over the country,
the economic growth seems to have
skyrocketed, but panel members
said these figures are misleading.
They cited anthropological stu-
dies, for instance, which have
shown that calorie intake has
reached minimal levels in portions
of the population and is decreas-
ing.
CORRECTION
Due to a typographical er-
ror, The Daily yesterday mis-
quoted Virginia Davis Nordin,
chairwoman of the University's
Commission for Women, in re-
porting her response to charges
that the University is not ful-
filling its affirmative action
program for equal hiring of
women.
Stating that the women's
commission agrees with most of.
the charges, Nordin told a re-
porter, "We wouldn't exactly
charge the University with bad
faith. But the complaint raised
a lot of questions which we've
been considering for a long
time."
The quote appearing in yes-
terday's article said "We would
exactly" instead of "We
wouldn't exactly," distorting the
actual statement.
The Daily apologizes for the
error.

The film, an account of Brazilian
political prisoners of their experi-
ences in jail, also stressed the eco-1
nomic conditions of Brazil. Pris-
oners described and replayed the
tortures they suffered, which in-
cluded prolonged electrical shocks
in many areas of the body.
The former prisoners were unani-
mous in their opinion that "the
only democratic thing about Brazil
is torture because it is applied to
everyone."

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