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Page 6-Thursday, April 10, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Civil rights protest
erupts in violence

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troopers moved in to help restore peace
yesterday in this rural Georgia com-
munity where civil rights leaders claim
the sheriff led a "mob of whites" in a
club-swinging attack on black demon-
Gov. George Busbee ordered about 30
troopers into the town of 2,100 when
black leaders vowed to stage another
demonstration in their months-long
protest over. jobs and political
BUSBEE SAID troopers would be on
hand today to accQnpany deputies to
Johnson County High School, which was
closed yesterday as a result of the
"We'll have enough assistance to
make sure we have just students there
and no outsiders or adults that would in-
terfere," Busbee said.
VIolence erupted Tuesday night when
scores of singing and chanting demon-
strators gathered outside the office of

Johnson County Sheriff Rowland At-
BLACK LEADERS claim a group of
100 or more whites - including the
sheriff and other law enforcement of-
ficers - attacked about 75 demon-
strators as they chanted for the sheriff
to step out and meet with them. At least
nine people were injured in the brief
Black leaders said that later during
the night whites rode through black
neighborhoods and fired shots at
several houses.
Attaway branded as "damned lies"
the charge that he or other police of-
ficers were involved in the violence.
ATTAWAY yesterday refused to
meet and discuss the problem with
black leaders. They include state Rep.
David Lucas, who was at the demon-
stration; John Martin, local president
of the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, and the Rev. E. J. Wilson.
He said he wold meet only with local
black citizens "with open minds."
Lucas claimed Attaway personally
led the attack.
"ATTAWAY AND his deputies were
calling the protesters 'niggers.' At one
point, he huddled briefly with his chief
deputy, then he led his deputies into the
crowd," Lucas said. "The were
swingingrtheir sticks and beating
people over the head."
Lucas claimed that whites in the
crowd displayed pistols and other
weapons before the violence occurred,
and that Attaway refused to do
anything about it. Lucas said he
escaped assault himself by brandishing
his own pistol during the fracas.
"At one point," Lucas said, "the
sheriff got in my face and told me I was
a state representative and that I had no
damn business being there, and that I'd
better get out of town."

WASHTENAW COUNTY HOMEBUILDERS parade their vehicles in Ann Arbor yesterday to protest the federal govern-
ment's tight money economic policies which are causing a slump in the construction industry. Ann Arbor's protest
was one of a number of similar parades around the nation yesterday.
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Thousands of homebuilders wheeled
their bulldozers and backhoes through
city streets across the nation yesterday
to demonstrate their anger over tight
money policies and the depressed
housing market.
"We've got nothing else to do with the
equipment. We might as well put it on
parade," said John Mahan, president of
the Fargo-Moorehead Home Builders
Association in North Dakota.
record costs for borrowing money have
sharply cut the demand for housing and
threatened their livelihood, builders
said as they staged protests around the

country yesterday.
The Commerce Department has
reported new home sales in February
fell by a five-year low of 9.5 per cent
nationwide. Officials predicted the
March figurewould be even bleaker.
Homebuilders demonstrated in Con-
necticut, Utah, Wyoming, North
Dakota, Maine, jIissouri,. and
Massachusetts. The North Carolina
Home Builders Association declared
yesterday "Saving Housing Day."
MERRILL BUTLER, president of the
National Association of Homebuilding,
(NHBA), said projected losses in new
housing could result in the loss of 1.6
million jobs.

In Ann Arbor, about 900 Michigan
members' of NHBA protested by
mailing to the White House 1000 pieces
of numbered two-by-fours emblazoned
with the message, "Help - where will
our children live?"
THE BOARDS, which cost the group
about $400, were mailed after a three-
mile convoy of cars, trucks, bulldozers,
semi-trucks and pedestrians made its
way through Ann Arbor from the offices
of Rep. Carl Pursell (R-Plymouth).
"Well, I think we ought to hit him
(President Carter) over the head with a
two-by-four, and I think he'll wake up,"
Pursell said.

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Gunman hijacks American jetliner to Cuba

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP)-A stocky
man armed with a .45-caliber pistol
scaled a wall at a Los Angeles airport
yesterday, hijacked an American
Airlines jet and ordered the seven crew
members to fly him to Cuba. The plane
took off, stopped for fuel at Dallas-Fort
Worth and flew on to the Caribbean.
The incident was the second
hijacking by a man demanding to go to
the Caribbean island this year. There
have been more than 150 hijackings of
U.S. planes since 1961.
FRED FARRAR, a spokesman for
the Federal Aviation Administration in
Washington, said there were three

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flight crew members and four flight
attendants aboard the jet. Their names
were withheld by the airline.
FAA spokesman Dick Hallen said the
plane was seized at Ontario Airport at
7:58 a.m. PST and took off for Texas
about a half hour later. It had been
scheduled to depart at 8:15 a.m. PST
for Chicago with 74 passengers.
The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) cleared the plane for takeoff
without specifying a destination, FAA
spokesman George Burlage said.
BURLAGE SAID the plane would "go
where the guy wants it to go."
"If the guy's got a pistol, I guess
that's enough clearance," Burlage
As about 25 FBI agents and numerous
other law enforcement officers stood
watch, two fuel trucks met the hijacked
727 and one serviced it.
Under the direction of the FBI,
officials at the airport tried to stall the
takeoff by putting another aircraft in
front of the plane and saying wind
conditions were unfavorable.
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a "panicky stage," Watson said, and
the plane's captain askead that the
stalling attempts cease.
The hijacker apparently calmed
down after that, Waton said.
"As far as we know the hostages are
OK and the plane is going directly to
Cuba," said American spokesman Paul
Haney. "Of course all of that is subject
to change."
"We follow a strategy of obeying the
gunman until we get the aircraft on the
ground. Then it's in the hands of the
FBI," said American Airlines
spokesman David Lobb, adding, "Our
paramount interest is the safety of the
crew. That's all we care about." -
Farrar said . the U.S. State
Department had been in contact with
the Cuban government about the
hijacking, and that Cuban officials had
agreed to allow the plane to land there.
The hijacker was identified only as a

young black male armed with an
automatic pistol.
Fred Reagan, an FBI spokesmanin
Los Angeles, said the FBI was looking
into the possibility that the hijacker
was a man wanted in connection with
the kidnapping and slaing of 10-year-old
Ronald Tolleson of West Covina, Calif.
"We are investigating that possibility,
among others," Reagan said.
Tolleson was found dead Friday in a
garage two doors from his family's
home. There have been three arrests in
the case, but authorities are still
seeking a fourth man who was last seen
in the Fontana area near Ontario.
The Los Angeles Department of
Airports said it planned a
investigation of security at Ontario
airport. Department spokesman Jack
E. Francois said investigators "will be
trying to find out how this happened and
to cose any gaps there may be."

Cuban troops fire at
Peruvian embassy crashei.


LIMA, Peru (AP) - Cuban troops
fired shots yesterday at a man who
tried to crash his car into the Peruvian
Embassy grounds in Havana, where an
estimated 10,000 Cubans have jammed
the embassy compound in search of
asylum, Peruvian Foreign Ministry
sources said.
The sources, who asked not to be
identified, said a bullet grazed the hand
of a child inside the embassy. A clinic
said the wound was not serious.
THE SOURCES said the man, not
immediately identified, smashed his
car into the iron fence surrounding the
embassy grounds but did not succeed in
getting through.-
The troops opened fire, the sources
said, and the man's car crashed into


another vehicle parked outside the em-
bassy. The man was seized and taken
away by Cuban troops, the sources
The foreign ministers of Peru,
Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia and
the deputy foreign minister of Colombia
held a closed meeting in Lima yester-
day to discuss a coordinated program
for helping the refugees. These nations
comprise the Andean Pact, a regional
common market grouping. The
ministers were to meet again today.
PERU SENT three diplomats and
two policemen to Havana to reinforce
the five-member embassy staff that has
had to cope with the flood of humanity
in the 20-acre compound in a Havana
The sources said embassy personnel
had begun registering the Cubans, who
want Peru's help in leaving the come
munist-ruled Caribbean island. They
said embassy personnel are asking the
Cubans for their names, personal
backgrounds, and why they want to
leave the country.
Peruvian Foreign Minister Arturo
Garcia y Garcia said before the Lima
meeting that once final arrangements
are made with the Cuban government,
relief officials should be able to quickly
evacuate the Cubans. He said there
were "good , possibilities" th4
evacuation would begin soon.





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