The Michigan Daily-Thursday May31 1979-Page 9
Gunmen kill Swiss diplomat in San Francisco
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP)
- Gunmen ambushed and killed a
Swiss diplomat yesterday as he drove
to his office in this violence-torn Central
American capital, police said. It was
the second political killing here in a
week and the latest incident-in a month
of bloody unrest.
Police gave few immediate details,
but speculated that the attackers inten-
ded to kidnap the diplomat, Hugo Wey,
49, charge d'affaires of the Swiss Em-
bassy, but shot him when he tried to
Police did not elaborate but there
have been kidnappings of foreigners
and late Tuesday a businessman of
Palestinian descent was abducted.
WITNESSES GAVE slightly conflic-
ting accounts of the attack, which oc-
curred in the elegant San Salvador
suburb of Escalon, but all said Wey's
car was hemmed in moments before he
was shot in the head.
A man driving # few car-lengths
behind the diplomat's auto said a car
sped from a side street, cutting off
Wey's auto and trapping it against
The witness, who asked not to be
identified, said a gunman waiting on a
nearby corner ran to Wey's car and
shot him while another gunman kept
bystanders at bay. He said the two then
jumped into the first car and fled.
NO GROUP immediately claimed
responsibility, and the motive for an at-
tack on a Swiss diplomat was unclear,
although two weeks ago a guerrilla
group called Popular Liberation Forces
issued a communique "declaring war"
"The possibility that this is a tragic
error cannot yet be excluded," said a
Swiss Foreign Office spokesman in
U.S. officials are known to be distur-
bed over the pattern of political-violen-
ce in El Salvador. In Washington, State
Department press officer Thomas
Reston said of the slaying, "We deplore
it and we extend our sympathy to the
WEY, A 22-YEAR veteran of the
foreign service, was the commercial at-
tache of the embassy and had been
charge d'affaires for the past two
years. Authorities said he was the first
Swiss diplomat ever slain by terrorists.
Deadline approaches for
sanctions against Rhodesia
State group to lobby for
'no' vote on draft revival
(Continued from Pageu procurement budget currently pending
"We believe the people are not aware in the House.
Congress is about to vote on Simon said - Sixth District
registration, and registration is the fir- Congressman M. Robert Carr, (D-
st step toward reinstituting the draft," Lansing), is expected to lead the floor
said Howard Simon, executive director fight against the measure.
of the American Civil Liberties Union's MCARD CURRENTLY is working on
Michigan chapter. 18 of Michigan's 19 congressional
Simon, whose organization is a mem- districts and said it hopes to be
ber of the anti-draft coalition, said the operating in the remaining district, the
group would not oppose military ser- 15th, soon.
vice during periods of declared war, but Simon said nine Michigan
objects to it during peacetime. congressmen already have announced
"IT IS AN unjustified restriction on their opposition to the registration
an individual's rights," he said. proposal, one is in favor and nine have
Simon said the draft and mandatory not yet announced how they intend to
military service impose "severe and vote on the measure.
extreme" restrictions on citizen's Eight representatives have indicated
rights to travel and due process. they are against a peacetime draft and
He said the all-volunteer service is 11 have not yet declared their positions,
working adequately and there is no he said.
reason to bring back draft registration MCARD representatives said anti-
at this time. . draft rallies are scheduled in several
"WE DON'T believe it is right to do Michigan communities in the next few
so. We don't even believe it is necessary weeks. They urged draft-aged persons,
to do so," Simon said. their adults and other citizens to write
The draft registration proposal is an their lawmakers and encourage a "no"
amendment to the military vote on the registration proposal.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Carter is weighing a number of factors
as he strives to meet a self-imposed
mid-June deadline for deciding whether
to recommend lifting U.S. economic
sanctions against Rhodesia.
With the pending June 15-17 summit
with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev
moving closer, Carter must deal soon
with the Rhodesia question, a ticklish
foreign policy issue on which he's get-
ting lots of advice from Congress.
TIME IS running short. A limited
form of black majority rule takes effect
in Rhodesia at midnight tonight when
Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa and his
cabinet assume their duties, ending 90
years of white minority government.
Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith,
faced with international repudiation of
his government and a major black
nationalist guerrilla insurgency,
agreed in 1976 to move toward black
majority rule. After lengthy
negotiations with Muzorewa and other
black leaders, a biracial transitional
government was formed in 1978 and, six
weeks ago, national elections were held
in which Muzorewa's party won 51 seats
in the new 100-member parliament.
In a recent 75-19 vote, the U.S. Senate
called on Carter to lift economic san-
ctions mandated by the United Nations
against Rhodesia 13 years ago. The vote
reflected the Senate's belief that the
events in Rhodesia represented a rare
victory for democracy and racial
justice in southern Africa.
By the Grace of G-d
The Renowned Leader
The Lubavitcher Rebber
RabbiMenechem M.Schneerson of NY,
HAS ISSUED . . .
AN URGENT CALL
TO JEWISH MEN, WOMEN-AND PARTICULARLY CHILDREN: THREE THOU-
SAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY ONE YEARS AGO WE, THE JEWISH NATION,
ALL STOOD BEFORE GOD AT THE FOOT OF MT. SINAI, AWAITING THE GIV-
ING OF THE TORAH FROM THE-ALMIGHTY.
NOW IS THE TIME-of the preparation of the Holiday of Shavous (Thurs.
nite May 31st thru Sat. June 2nd) commemorating the momentous event.
NOW IS THE TIME for each of us Mon and Woman, Young and Old, to make
a special immediate addition to our daily periods of Torah Study and to
make a special immediate addition to our charitable contributions-every
day from now until a week after Shavous (June 7, on the holiday of Show-
ous itself charity should be given in non-monetary forms) ...
. .. PARTICULARLY YOUNG CHILDREN, FOR WHEN THEY SPEND A FEW PRE-
CIOUS MOMENTS STUDYING OUR SACRED TEACHINGS, THEIR BREATH IS
FREE OF SIN, AND KING DAVID DECLARED ABOUT THEM-"FROM THE
MOUTH OF INFANTS AND BABIES YOU HAVE BASED THE STRENGTH (a
synonmy for Torah) TO VANQUISH THE ENEMY AND AVENGER."
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