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Page 2-Tuesday, July 25, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Georgia state prison riot erupts
REIDSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Pontiac," said Georgia Department of he opened the door to a dormitory to were white and one was black,
officials said yesterday that a riot at the Offender Rehabilitation spokeswoman allow inmates to go to dinner. Inmates Passmore said. Evans said about 60
state prison here may have been Sara Passmore. Three guards were then stabbed to death the other guard in inmates took part in the fracas.
sparked by news accounts of a deadly fatally stabbed, and three guards and that building and went to another Officials had ordered 600 inmates
rampage one day earlier by inmates in three inmates were injured in the building, Evans said.-, transferred from the Reidsville prison
Pontiac, Ill. Four guards and two in- Saturday riot at the Pontiac Correc- The murdered guard was Dan to other facilities following earlier
mates died in the two uprisings. tional Center in Illinois. Inmates also Harrison, 36. Guard Preston Foskey, rioting. Passmore said more than 300
In a different kind of prison protest, set fires which caused nearly $3 million 32, who also was stabbed, was reported have been moved in the last 20 days.
meanwhile, 500 inmates at the Moun- damage. in stable condition at a hospital Mon- At Pontiac, an effort was under way
dsville, W. Va., maximum security DAVID EVANS, the Georgia day. Inmates James Garmon, 36, of to clean up a prison yard still littered
prison began a non-violent sit-down rehabilitation commissioner, said Jonesborp, and Rufus Mills, 45, of with debris from Saturday's riot.
strike yesterday, demanding that a prisoners at Reidsville saw on Valdosta, were stabbed to death. Officials said the prisoners would
recently abolished inmate council be television and read in newspapers the Evans said two unarmed guards ap- remain locked in their cells until a state
restored. They also sought a more details of the Pontiac, Ill., riot. parently got cought between rioters and police investigation of the violence was
liberal "good time" policy - time sub- The disturbance originally was other inmates leaving for dinner, but completed.
tracted from a sentence for good thought to have been another in a series they were protected by some of the in- One Pontiac guard, Jack Conkle, said
behavior. of recent racially motivated disturban- mates and never were held as hostages. Sunday that he did not know when he
BOTH THE Georgia and Illinois ces which have left two inmatees dead would be able to return to work. His
facilities were tense but quiet Monday, and 30 others injured. HE SAID investigators have five brother, Robert, was one of the three
as authorities kept the inmates locked But Evans said the latest turmoil was suspects they believe were involved in guards killed in the riot.
up while they sought the cause of the different because, "There were no the slayings, but no charges had been ' "I really like the job but I don't know
disturbances. demands, no reasons given by any of filed. The Georgia Bureau of In- if I can treat them fairly or not," said
In Sunday's riot at the Georgia the inmates. In the past we have been vestigation was aiding the in- Conkle. "I'd be frightened, but if
prison, one guard and two inmates were able to pick up real quick as to the vestigation. someone came up to me and said
stabbed to death. reasons, causes and demands." Each dormitory at the prison holds something about my brother, I don't
"Our feeling is that this occurred EVANS SAID THE riot began about 4 about 500 inmates - most of them know how I'd react."
because of the incident Saturday in p.m. when a guard was overpowered as black. Of the guards involved, three

Chilean fj
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - The
Chilean military junta yesterday
ousted its most outspokenly liberal
member, air force commander Gen.
Gustavo Leigh, in the first change at
the top since the right-wing generals
overthrew Marxist President Salvador
Allende five years ago.

rnta ousts
President Augusto Pinochet and the
two other junta members removed the
57-year-old Leigh from both his seat or
the ruling body and his air force com
mand. They appointed air force Gen
Fernando Matthei to replace him in the
two posts.
MATTHEI, 53, has been health
minister and the only air force mn in
Pinochet's cabinet. The other junta
members are Adm. Jose Merino, the
navy chief, and Gen. Cesar Mendoza
head of the national police.
Leigh had publicly criticized
Pinochet's policies, calling on the army
chief to speed up plans for restoring
civilian democracy in Chile. His
whereabouts yesterday were not
known, and the air force command
would not comment.
Matthei, after being sworn in, said
Leigh was at his suburban home
"surrounded by the highest respect."
PINOCHET issued a statement
saying there is "absolute tranquility,
calm and normality" and Leigh was
removed to "safeguard Chile and the
dignity and unity of the armed forces."
A junta declaration said it had
"disqualified" Leigh for "neglecting

liberal General Leigh
e repeatedly the principles and by official communiques. There were
e postulates that inspired the military reports in Santiago that Leigh had in-
n movement of 1973" - the bloody coup formed some diplomats he would take
on Sept. 11, 1973. his ouster to court because it was a
. The democratically elected Allende "flagrant" violation of rules
e died during a tank and infantry assault established bythe junta after the coup.
on the presidential palace in downtown The friction within the junta came to
Santiago. His supporters said he was a head last week because of an inter-
killed by the military; the junta said view Leigh gave to an Italian
Allende committed suicide by shooting newspaper during a recent trip to
himself in the head with a carbine that Europe. In the interview, he reiterated
was a gift from Cuban President Fidel his many known differences with
Castro. Pinochet and called for an "itinerary"
LEIGH'S REMOVAL decimated the to normal politics in Chile.
air force command. THE CABINET last week issued a
Matthei said eight air force generals strong statement attacking Leigh's
ranking above him had chosen to resign remarks, and the daily press over the
t rather than replace Leigh. That would weekend printed critical editorials.
leave the air force with only a handful The air force commander's disen-
of staff generals. chantment with Pinochet's ultra-
Matthei told reporters his appoin- rightist path had been coming to light
tment came as a surprise. He said he for the past year. Leigh expressed them
had planned to resign because he op- politely in public statements and inter-
posed the stand Leigh had taken., views but more strongly in private con-
NO STATEMENT from Leigh was versations.
available, nor was any expected as the He and the air force wanted Pinochet
junta prohibited statements other than to end self-censorship of the press,
restore the independence of the
THE MICHIGANDAILY judiciary, divide executive and
vol. LXXXviII, No.50 legislative powers and lay down a firm
Tuesday, July 25, 1978 timetable for elections and a return to
is edited and managed by students at the University constitutional government.
of Michigan. News phone 764-0562. Second class
postage is paid at Ann Arbor, Michigan 40109. Leigh's ouster came just three days
Published daily Tuesday through Saturday morning after one general deposed another as
during the University year at 420 Maynard Street, president in neighboring Bolivia, a
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. Subscription rates: $12 bloodless coup that some political ob-
September through April (2semesters); $13 by mail servers there fear may mean a
outside Ann Arbor,.
Summer session published through Saturday mor- slowdown in that country's timetable
ning. Subscription rates: $6.50 in Ann Arbor; '7.50 by for restoring civilian rule. Chile and
mailoutsideAnnArbor. Bolivia are among eight military-
governed nations in South America.
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