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Page 28-Wednesday, May 2, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Bill would ban racial steering
LAN,,' stUPI)-Legislation to ban housing patterns in Michigan have been required to do so after a third convic- The main value of the bill is "to put
agents cleared the House Civil Rights reinforced because some real estate tion. the industry on some kind of notice that
Committee yesterday, despite the agents subtly steer white clients to all- "THE REAL estate industry ought the practice is wrong," he said.
sponsor's candid admission its impact white neighborhoods and black clients not to be making decisions about where Bennane also said it is possible the at-
be limited to all-black neighborhoods. people live," said the bill's sponsor, torney general could prosecute in some
Democrats provided six of the seven The measures define steering as Rep. Michael Benne D-Detroitt. extreme instances.
votes which sent the two bills to the trying to influence a buyers' decisions "I think it's up to the buyer,"eal said. REP. NICK SMITH (R-Addison)
House floor. A series of weakening based on their race or the racial com- " tought to be up to the reator tohd sought to soften the bills' impact with
amendments were defeated on party- position of the neighborhood involved. sh t s period." amendments limiting their covering to
line votes. It also covers sex, religion, and other- BENNANE CONCEDED, however, "deliberate" steering and allowing
Similar legislation passed the House characteristics. that his bills may have more bark than agents to respond to direct questions
last year but died in the Senate. The state Department of Licensing bite because of the likelihood that any concerning the racial or ethnic com-
IT HAS BEEN given impetus by and Regulation could lift the license of steering complaint will be settled position of a neighborhood.
studies indicating that segregated any agent found guilty of steering and is through conciliation.

Soviets show military
(Continuedfrom Page 16) show by the military in May Day
Lenin's Red Square tomb with an escort festivities was 1968, when tanks, guns
close at his side. and rockets were paraded through Red
Soviet marines and paratroopers Square, as they still are every year for
gripping rifles with fixed bayonets the November 7 anniversary of the
marched through Red Square yester- revolution.
day to applause from Kremlin leaders Although yesterday's drill was on a
in the first appearance by the military lesser scale, it appeared to mark a
at a Moscow May Day parade for 11 clear boost for the military by putting it
years. back in the forefront of what for years
Soldiers, sailors and airmen took part was a purely civilian occasion.
in the five-minute show of precision Further emphasis on the role of the
drilling and formation marching which armed forces was seen in the
replaced the colorful gymnastic display placement of the defense minister next
by youths and girls that has marked the to Brezhnev.
celebrations for the past decade. ON NOVEMBER 7, the defense chief
THE LAST TIME there was a major has always stood next to the Kremlin

in May Day
leader. But in the past on May Day,
Brezhnev has been flanked by Kosygin
and another senior civilian official,
Mikhail Suslov.
There was no official explanation for
the new role assigned to the military in
the celebrations, but one Western am-
bassador commented: "These things
do not happen by chance in Moscow."
The presence of the troops surprised
foreigners who watched parade
preparations, and imprecise drilling by
some squads suggested they might
have been brought in quite late.
THE USE OF the military in the May
Day parade was dropped by the Soviet
Union several years after China turned

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it into a purely civilian occasion.
Peking had suggested that Moscow's
emphasis on the armed forces showed
Soviet "militarism."
Peking was aglow last night with red
lanterns and mile-long strands of lights.
But for the second year in a row there
were no government-sponsored ac-
tivities. The Peking People's Daily
exhorted Chinese to "launch a nation-
wide movement to increase production
and practice economy."
"We will be able to quicken our pace,
turn out more and better products and
make greater contributions to the state
if this work is well done," the
newspaper said.
HUNDREDS OF thousands of
Iranians marched in Tehran in the first
May Day celebrations in recent
memory. The government formally an-
nounced the cutting of diplomatic ties
with Egypt. The deposed Shah
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi had banned
the celebrations.
Iraqi President Hassan Al Bakr and
Vice President Saddam Hussein led a
parade past tens of thousands of per-
sons who lined Baghdad's streets. Later
a huge effigy of Sadat was burned in the
city's central square.
Sadat, meanwhile, accused Saudi
Arabia of having "paid off" other Arab
countries to break relations with Egypt.
In the Red Sea town of Safaga, he told
assembled miners and oil workers that
the Saudis launched the payoff cam-
paign after succumbing to "pressure
and threats" by hard-line Arab states.
IN DAMASCUS, the Syrian capital,
marchers carried placards that read,
"Down with Sadat, Down with
America. Down with Zionism." Jor-
dan's King Hussein told marchers in
Amman, "We shall never surrender to
the aggressor."
Taiwan's president, Chiang Ching-
kuo received 230 model workers while
labor leaders called for the nation to
unite and adhere to government policy
during the first May Day celebrations
since the United States broke relations
with the island country and established
diplomatic ties with Peking.
The Israelis held memorial services
in remembrance of the 13,866 soldiers
who have died since Israel gained in-
dependence 31 years ago.
AN ERITREAN'Liberation Front
spokesman said Ethiopian warplanes
bombed and strafed six Eritrean
villages during May Day observances.
There was .no immediate report on
casualties, but the spokesman said
there was "considerable human and
material damage." The liberation front
is fighting for independence from
Ethiopia which annexed the former
Italian colony.
Tens of thousands'of workers surged
through the streets of major French
cities demonstrating for the right to
work and the right to strike, Except for
a inor scuffle i tpolice in Paris, no
incidents were reported.

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