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Wednesday, June 14, 1972

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Nationalist sentiment instigated
May student riots in Lithuania

MOSCOW h-P--Two hundred
young workers, students and
high school pupils are in jail
awaiting trial and another
youth burned himself to death
following two days of rioting in
Soviet Lithuania last month,
Lithuanian sources reported
yesterday.
Two policemen died in the
rioting May 18-19 in the city of
Kaunas. The disorders were
touched off by the funeral of a
20 - year - old Roman Catholic
youth who burned himself to
death May 14 in a public park
in the city, the sources said.
Word of the rioting was
phoned to Moscow last month,
but details were scanty. Yester-
day's reports indicated the dis-
orders were more serious than
they seemed -at first.
The youth, Roman Kalanta,
killed himself for political rea-
sons, the sources said. The sev-

eral thousand rioters apparent-
ly considered him a martyr to
Lithuanian nationalism.
The disorders are believed to
be the first on such a large
scale since the so-called food
riots in Novocherasassk, in
Southern Russia in 1962,
Lithuania, a Baltic state with
a predominantly Roman-Catho-
lic population, was annexed by
the Soviet Union in 1940. Na-
tionalist sentiment has been re-
portedly rising in the past few
months with the Catholic com-
munity demanding freedom of
worship.
The sources said Communist
party representatives met 12
days ago and later tried to
spread rumors that the youth-
ful rioters were shouting anti-
Semitic slogans and advocat-
ing free love. This was appar-
ently an effort to discredit the
rioters with Lithuania's Jewish

minority and with the older
generation.
No such slogan were shouted,
sources reported. One witness
to the rioting said the youth
chanted "freedom, freedom,
and "freedom for Lithuania."
They hurled sticks and stones
at policemen and paratroopers,
made several attempts to set
fires in the city, and smashed
the window of a shop that sold
political literature.
The sources said the streets
of Kaunas are still heavily pa-
trolled by police and by a di-
vision of paratroopers garrison-
ed in Kaunas. These paratroop-
ers and paratroop units from
the so-called "internal forces,"
under the Internal Affairs Min-
istry, were used on the second
day of rioting.

SAUL ALINSKY, a noted organizer of community action groups,
died Monday in Carmel, Calif. See News Briefs, below.
I ne .wsbriefs
by The Associated Press
SAUL ALINSKY, one of the country's most well-known or-
ganizer of community action groups, died Monday after collapsing
on a sidewalk in Carmel, California.
Alinsky had spent the last 25 years traveling around the country
working with the poor and minority groups.
He formed the Back Yards Council in Chicago in the early
1940s, using rent strikes, boycotts, sit-ins and picketing, in an at-
tempt to improve the area around the Chicago stockyards.
Alinsky also organized the Industrial Areas Foundation, which
has helped in the creation of many community-action groups.
ARTHUR BREMER'S TRIAL on charges of shooting Alabama
Gov. George Wallace was set yesterday for July 17 by U.S. District
Court Judge Edward Northrop.
Northrop scheduled the trial at the conclusion of a hearing at
which he signed a modified order for psychiatric examinations for
Bremer.
The examinations are to determine if Bremer is competent to
stand trial, to determine if he was legally sane at the time of his
alleged offenses and to ascertain if he would be a danger if released
from custody.
No decision has apparently been reached on whether the 21-year-
old Milwaukee man will first stand trial on federal or state charges.
AN OFFER FROM THE MILITANT WING of the Irish Re-
publican Army for a seven day cease fire in return for peace
talks was turned down yesterday by British official William
Whitelaw.
He said he could not "respond to ultimatums from terrorists."
Violence raged across Belfast as the offer was made. A series
of bus hijackings and burnings threw the city into chaos.
Everyone Welcome!
GRAD
COFFEE !
HOUR
Wed., June 14
8 p.m.
E. CONFERENCE
ROOM, RACKHAM
Lemonade and Cake for all

McGovern roams NY
for blue-collar support
BUFFALO (/') - Sen. George McGovern D-S.D. ) criticized the
Nixon administration "credibility gap" yesterday in a campaign
tour of upstate New York.
McGovern took advantage of Sen. Hubert Humphrey's (D-
Minn.) absence from the New York primary to seek the support of
blue collar workers in the state.
"I take it he attaches a rather low priority to the New York
primary," the South Dakota lawmaker said of the Minnesota sena-
tor in a news conference in Buffalo.
McGovern is expected to win considerably more than 200 of
the 278 delegates in New York's June 20 primary.
Visiting a stoplight manu- - -
facturing plant in Syracuse,
McGovern said, "President Nix-23south state
on coiues back from Moscow
claimingthat we're going to re-S T A T E
duce the arms race. Four days
later Secretary Laird of the
Defense Department goes to the ACADEMY
Capitol and says we're going toAW ARD
increase the arms budget. Now,
who are we to believe? . .I W INNER!
don't think the Russians are Best Art Direction
going to be fooled by this kind Beat Coslume Design
of talk. I don't think we are." Open 145
Meanwhile, Humphrey flew 2 pM
to South Carolina to seek the 5 P M
support of the state's 32 con-
vention delegates.
Over a luncheon meeting with
the delegates, Humphrey said
he believed the nation's econo-
my and not the Vietnam war and G
will be the prime issue in No- Alexandra
vember,__
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BEEN SHOWN ON TELEVISION!
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funny movie.
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extremely
loving one.
ridiculous
reason, you
haven't seen it,
you cannot
afford to delay."
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January 23, 197 2
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