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807 face trial for
ADANA, Turkey (AP) - Inside a most troubled provinces last Decem-
sun-baked stadium in this cotton- ber, an order which Premier Bulent
producing region, 807 men, women and Poevit's fragile government has
children accused of taking part in a managed to extend for eight months. A
rampage of sectarian killing face the further two-month extension falls due
largest mass trial in Turkish history. next August.
If the six military prosecutors get The incidents reviewed at the mass
their wishes, 330 persons will be senten- trial, policed by 1,000 troops, form a
ced to death by hanging and 10 of them microcosm of some of the passions
will be women. sweeping eastern Turkey.
The week-long rampage of killing, On Dec. 19, an explosion rocked an
raping and looting left 111 persons open air theater showing a film about
dead, several thousand injured and two ethnic Turks fleeing harassment in
turned hundreds of buildings of the Soviet Turkestan. Extreme right-wing
southeastern town of Kahrainanmaras militants planted the bomb and shouted
into rubble. "the communists did it," the
THE RIOTING triggered prosecution claims.
declarations of martial law in Turkey's THE BOMB, according to in-
Disab led protest AA7TA se

The Michigan Daily--ThursdayJaly,26, 1979-Page 9
rampage in Turkey
vestigators, was designed to provoke border. Firearms were distributed and
the larger and conservative Sunni the rampage began, according to the
Moslem community against usually indictment.
left-leaning Alevi or Shiite Moslem Ecevit clamped a dusk-to-dawn cur-
minority. few on the town, flew in 5,000 troops,
Two days later, two left-wing Alevi and set up martial law after an all-night
schoolteachers were assassinated in an Cabinet meeting. I
ambush. A six-month investigation focused at-
The funeral cortege for the slain tention on the Nationalist Action Party,
Alevi teachers was met by a Sunni mob whose district chief, Hasan Balcioglu,
of about 10,000 chanting "Moslem faces the death penalty. According to
Turkey" and "down with the com- the indictment, the small right-wing
munists." One Sunni was shot dead in military-style party masterminded the
the ensuing melee. riots.
THAT NIGHT the two Moslem groups
barricaded themselves in the neigh- THE 806 other defendants - most of
borhoods of Kahramanmaras, a town of whom are Sunnis - include police of-
130,000 about 70 miles from the Syrian ficers, teachers, students, artisans,
farmers, a garbage collector, a judo in-
structor, 57 women and two deaf mutes
Si Ce C u swho speak through sign language tran-
slators. They are defended by more
spoke to the board about her own than100lawyers.
special needs. She later explained how Many of the defendants have denied
the reduction of evening services could the charges, or claimed testimony was
hurt her. "I'm taking reading and obtained under torture. During the
talking..I go to night school," she said. trial, they live in a military detention
"I don't have transportation." center, and are trucked to a small
basketball and volleyball arena where
SNUFF BOTTLES they await court sessions in chains.
MADISON, Wis. (AP)-An exhibition
of almost 100 18th- and 19th-century A harsh verdict could lead to the
Chinese snuff bottles is on view at the eventual ban of--the Nationalist Action
Elvehjem Museum of Art through July Party, if it is linked to the riots.

t Contmued from Page: r
dent Living. Taber also spoke before
the board.
Taber added although the board

seemed unresponsive to the need for-
Sunday services, an extension of
evening service was possible.
Linda Bradley, a victim of epilepsy,

Mifliken admits liability for
PBB workers compensation

LANSING (UPI) - Gov. William
Milliken yesterday signed into lawa bill
making it easier for former PBB
workers to find new jobs by limiting the
workers' compensation liability of fir-
ms which hire them.
Many former employees of the now-
defunct Michigan Chemical Co. PBB
plant in St. Louis are having trouble
finding new jobs because of questions
over the substance's long-range health
SINCE THESE workers often have
very high levels of PBB in their bodies,
many companies are unwilling to hire
them for fear of being hit with huge
disability claims at some future date,
said Rep. Michael Busch, the bill's
Of the more than 400 people who once
worked at Michigan Chemical, 167 still
are without jobs, Busch said, adding
another 60 to 80 are "underemployed"
working at odd jobs such as wood cut-
"There are the forgotten victims of
PBB," the Saginaw Republican said.
"WE'VE DONE stuff for the farmer
through the PBB loan program, and for
the consumer through the testing
program," he said.
"Here is a bunch of men and women,
some who worked there 30 years, and
through no fault of their own, the plant
shut down."
The new law limits to $12,500 the
workers' compensation liability of any
firm hiringa one-time PBB worker.
Any additional benefits would be paid
out of the state's Silicosis and Dust
Disease Fund - an employer-suppor-
ted fund originally created to help ex-
foundry employees who faced job

problems similar to those of the PBB
"THIS WOULD do away with one
barrier to employment," Busch said.
"It can almost act as an incentive
when companies know their potential
liability is limited to $12,500," he said.
"God willing, there never will be any
claims, but we don't know. In five or 10
eyars we could find out all kinds of
serious illnesses coming out of this."
Milliken also signed a bill extending
the period for approval or disapproval
of a proposed State Health Plan to 60
MSU solves
State University (MSU) officials say
they have solved the mystery of the
missing computers - a case that had
state officials chiding MSU for shoddy
An MSU spokesman said yesterday
the university has located the 12 com-
puters, which are worth $154,000 and
which state auditors could not locate in
a recent review of the school's data
processing system.
"We're satisfied that we've found
them all," said Roger Wilkinson,
MSU's vice president for business and
"The auditors just may have looked
in the wrong rooms in some cases," he


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