Thursday, February 6, 1975
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, February 6, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three
'state of emergency'
THAN A MONTH
LIMA, Peru () - Rioting demonstrators yes-
terday set buildings and automobiles ablaze in
downtown Lima after troops backed by armor
staged a bloody crackdown on police striking
for more pay.
President Juan Velasco declared a national
state of emergency and suspended constitu-
tional guarantees as his military regime faced
the worst crisis of its six-year rule.
AN OFFICIAL communique said the police
strike was "incited clearly by counter-revolu-
tionary political elements."
The violence in the streets erupted a few
hours after army troops - backed by tanks
-stormed a police compound serving as head-
quarters for the striking policemen. A number
of persons were reported wounded, while some
witnesses said several were killed in heavy
fighting at th headquarters.
However, the action failed to halt the strike
by a large segment of the 20,000-strong police
LIMA'S CIVIC center, housing a political ag-
ency set up by the regime, was set ablaze by
fire bombs hurled by demonstrators. Witnesses
saw smoke pouring from the ground floor of
the adjoining Lima Sheraton Hotel.
Looting of stores was also reported in that
area Qnd a filling station was set afire.
GUTTED AUTOMOBILES and stoned buses
littered parts of downtown Lima.
Several newsmen reported that armored mili-
tary vehicles had been deployed on the far side
of the downtown area near the presidential pal-
Earlier reports had said the demonstrations
were broken up by squads of military police
firing submachine guns into the air, with no
Ann Arbor will be
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Ethiopian city faces crisis
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia WA)
- The 200,000 citizens trapped
in the war-torn provincial capi-
tal of Asmara faced critical wa-
ter and food shortages yester-
day, diplomatic informants air-
lifted from the city reported.
Asmara, the scene of six days
of bloody fighting between gov-
ernment forces and secessionist
Moslem rebels, was reported
quiet yesterday with its streets
deserted and shops mostly clos-
ed. Government troops control-
led the city while rebels roam-
ed freely throughout much of
the rest of Eritrea province.
D IPLO M AT I C inform-
ants said unless food and water
were rushed to the city within
72 hours most residents would
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Volume LXXXV, No. 106
Thursday, February 6, 1975
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in WEAVING and
EWE n' DYE
be facing a life and death situa- I informants said, "They don't
tion. know where to go. There are
In Beirut the Eritrean Libera- lots of rats in the streets."
tion Front called for urgent in- The death toll, based on body
tervention by the United Na- counts of rebels and civilians
tions and the Arab League to at hospitals, rose to about 200,
stop atrocities allegedly com- but impartial sources said there
mitted by the Ethiopian army. were probably untold hundreds
Even some 2,000 Italian set- of deaths from poundings by
tlers demanded to be evacuat- Ethiopian air force jets, and
ed from the rebellion-torn pro- from atrocities.
vince on the Red Sea. An ex- One foreign source in a posi-
pected airlift by the Italian tion to know said that some
government was delayed until allegations of looting and atroc-
possibly today because of air- ities seemed credible.
plane and space problems.. "WE SAW army soldiers
M OS T O F these Italians looting food and grocery
were born i Eritrea, some have stores," 'he said. "There has
not even seen Italy, but they been artillery bombardment of
are afraid," one source said. the Moslem quarter of Asmara.
Eritrea was an Italian colony There are reports that women
until World War II. It was as- and children have been killed
signed to Ethiopia by the United indiscriminately."
Nations in 1952. Ethiopia annex- On Tuesday night rebels also
ed Eritrea in 1962 and the reb- fought their way into control of
els have been fighting for inde- one part of the main road to
pendence since, the airport, now turned into an
Diplomatic informants corn- Ethiopian air base. But yester-
ing fom Amara abot 45 day the road was cleared and
miles north of Addis Ababa,the airpfresum erggo
said the people were moving theairlif resumed bringing out
around the city in panc, at-planeload of British subjects.
tempting to flee. "But the city Dpnet of some 300;
is surrounded by the Ethiopian Americancitizens living in As-
army and the army is surround- mara were evacuated to safety
ed by Eritrean Liberation Front Tuesday and informants said
rebels," they added. the remaining men will be taken
"PEOPLE ARE mov- out unless living conditions im-
ing around like zombies," the 'prove in the next three days.
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