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Thursday, May 19, -1977

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

Zambians attack Rhodesian resort

SALISBURY, Rhodesia bP) Kenneth Kaunda declared Mon- are Mozambique and Bots-
- Zambian government troops -day that a state of war exists wana.
fired mortars and machine between his country and white- The attack coincided with a
guns into the,resort town of ruled Rhodesia. The Zambezi United Nations conference in
Victoria Falls yesterday in a River and the spectacular Vic- the Mozambique capital of Ma-
half-hour daylight attack from toria Falls form the border be- puto that has stressed a violent
across the Zambezi River, mili- tween the two countries. solution to the problems of Rho-
tary officials said. No damage ZAMBIA IS one of three desia, Zimbabwe and South
or casualties were reported. countries bordering Rhodesia African - ruled South - West
The attack on the town of that grant base areas and mili- Africa (Namibia).
3,500 persons in northwest Rho- tary aid to black nationalists On Wednesday in Maputo,
desia, popular with foreign engaged in a 5 -year guerrilla America's U. N. Ambassador
tourists, was the first such ac- war to topple the Salisbury re- Andrew Young said that Rho-
tion since Zambian President gime. The other two countries desian Prime Minister Ian
Doctorr, dabetICs Nader
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Smith hoped to gain Western
support by luring liberation
movements into bringing Cuba
into the conflict. He accused
Smith of threatening Zambia
and launching attacks into
Botswana.
A MILITARY communique in
Salisbury described yesterdays
attack as unprovoked and said
Rhodesian troops "have not re-
taliated." It said the incoming
fire landed in open terrain near
a police-run Immigration and
Customs post overlooking the
Zambian border, closed since
1973.
Government sources said
that Zambian troops have rein-
forced the border area since
Kaunda made his "state of
war" address.
The Rhodesian communique
said, "At 11:50 this morning,
elements of the Zambian Army
opened fire without provocation
across the Victoria Falls
bridge. Automatic weapons and
mortars were used in the at-
tack which lasted for approxi-
mately 25 minutes. There were

no casualties. Security forces
hose not retaliated."
RESIDENTS of Victoria Falls
said there was no panic during
the attack.
Late last year, Zambian-bas-
ed gnerrill-s attacked a motel
near a military base in the
town, killing a white immigra-
tion officer and injuring several
other persons.
In 1973, a Canadian woman
was killed by Zambian troops
as she was crossing rocks in
th river. Another Canadian girl
fell into the fast - moving, croc-
idile - infested river and, was
presumed drowned. Two other
Canadians were wounded in
that attack.
In other incidents, apolice in-
spector told reporters yester-
day that a guerrilla leader
hackd off the heads of a 50-
year-old tribesman and his 23-
year-old son while other guer-
rillas danced and sang at a
village i, northeastern Rhode-
sia earlier this week. There
was no independent confirma-
tion of the report.

WASHINGTON 0P) - Spoke-
persons for the diet soft drink
industry and the American Dia-
betes Association appealed to
the Food and Drug Administra-
tion yesterday to withdraw its
plans to ban saccharin from
food and beverages.
Bernard Oser, testifying for
the Calorie Control Council, an
industry group, said scientific
studies showing saccharin caus-
es bladder cancer in laboratory
rats are inconclusive. The FDA
s*houtld await further tests be-
Ire banning the artificial
s-etener as a food additive,
1 c argoed.
TWO K ANSA S CITY, Mo.,
diatricians and a parent of a
ahetic teen-ager testified that
i Idren nith diabetes depend
cavily on diet sodas, foods and
chewing gum and taking away
:eir saccharin products would
he dangerous.
The FDA has proposed re-
moving saccharin from the food
supply in July but allowing its
continued sale in powder form
as a nonprescription drug.
Supporters of the FDA's ac-
tion included Ralph Nader's
Health Research Group, which
said scientific evidence indi-
cates saccharin doesn't help
people lose weight and may
make dieting more difficult.
MARCIA FINE of the En-
vironmental Defense Fund said
the proposed ban doesn't go far
enough. She urged the FDA to
order a recall of saccharin food
products and a stronger warn-
ing label on saccharin when it
is sold as an over-the-counter
drug.
The plan to order removal of
the sugar substitute from diet
soft drinks, foods, chewing
gum, tooth paste, mouthwashes
and prescription drugs followed
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a finding by Canadian scien-
tists that high doses of sac-
charin caused bladder cancer
in laboratory rats.
Some critics had predicted
the hearing would bring a mas-
sive outpouring of consumer
sentiment against the FDA ban.
But it drew an audience of less
than 150 people, with a band-
ful of prosaccharin demonstra-
tors parading in the hall out-
side the Health, Education and
Welfare Department auditor-
ium.
DR. DONALD Kennedy, the
ageny 's neswly instalkl com-
missioner, conducted the hear-
(11g.
Rep. James Martin (R-N.C.),
the firIst witness and an early
opponent of the ban, told Ken-
nedy and an FDA panel, "there
is just one significant benefit
of saccharin: it helps people
stick to their diet."
But the former chemistry
professor said that benefit out-
weighs the risk.
I FSACCHARIN does cause
cancer, Martin said, "it is so
weakly carcinogenic that there
is no evidence it has ever caus-
ed cancer in a human being."
He asked Kennedy to delay im-
.posing the ban for at least six
to 12 months while Congress
considers amending the so-call-
ed Delaney Clause that pro-
hibits use of any food additive
shown to cause cancer in hu-

nmans or animals.
But Kennedy said the Delan-
ey Clause was not a subject forc
discussion yesterday because
the FDA would have acted l
against saccharin anyway on
grounds it was unsafe as a foodt
additive.
Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of
the Nader group, testified that
no scientific evidence exists to
shows saccharin is important
for weight control.
"Some diabetes doctors have
presented grim testimonials of
diabetics' life without sacchar-
in," said Wolfe. "These doc-
tors have presented absolutely
no supportive data for their
view."
The word "sideburns," used
to describe the growth of a
man's beard from his ears
downward along the 'jawline,
came from the name of a U.S.
Civil War general, Ambrose
Burnside.
Bearbaiting, the bloody sport
which matched specially
trained dogs against a chained
bear, was formally outlawed in
England in 1835.
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