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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, March 15, 1983-Page 5
1000 rally for Polish Solidarity

WARSAW, Poland (AP)-More than 1,000
Solidarity supporters demonstrated in Gdansk
yesterday for the second successive day, but
labor leader Lech Walesa stayed away, saying
he feared a "provocation."
A crowd of 300 to 400 assembled at the Mar-
tyred Workers' Monument outside the Lenin
Shipyard in the Baltic port shortly before the
afternoon shift change. They sang patriotic
songs and apparently their ranks were swelled
by workers as they left the shipyard.
WHEN POLICE ordered them to disperse,
the demonstrators jeered but moved down the
street toward the train station 500 yards away.

Shouting "Solidarity" and "Gestapo" at
helmeted riot police, the crowd grew to bet-
ween 1,000 and 1,500 as it approached the
station, witnesses said. Then homeward-bound
workers began mixing with the demonstrators,
and the crowd had dispersed by 3:15 p.m., just
over an hour after the nucleus gathered at the
monument to slain workers,
On Sunday, police wielding rubber trun-
cheons scattered about 1,000 demonstrators at
the monument and detained several of them.
Smaller demonstations were held in Warsaw,
in Wroclaw, southwestern Poland, and in
Kalisz, in the western part of the country. Since

martial law was decreed on Dec. 13, 1981,
demonstrations have often come on the 13th
day of the month.
THE DEMONSTRATORS in Gdansk also
were demanding the release of Anna Walen-
tynowicz, a shipyard worker who was one of the
founders of the independent labor movement
and who is on trial of charges of inciting a sit-in
strike at the yard after martial law was
declared.
Walesa, the chairman of the outlawed in-
dependent labor federation, told reporters by
telephone he tried to attend the demonstration
Sunday, but the police turned im back. He

said although he stayed home yesterday, he
would continue to attend the trials of Mrs.
Walentynowicz and other Solidarity leaders.
Walesa did not explain what kind of
"provocation" he feared. The 13th-of-the
month demonstrations have declined in size
and have been held in fewer cities since a calf'
by the Solidarity underground for a general
strike and widespread demonstrations met
with very limited response.
But the continuation of demonstrations and
unrest, even on a small scale, shows the con-
tinuing tension over economic problems and the
outlawing of Solidarity last October.

Walesa
.. .stays away from Solidarity rally
500
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cut of 25 percent may be more harmful
to the school's ability to solicit outside
unds. But he added that he couldn't
redict "the precise moment when a
school turns over and is no longer able
to generate new funds."
More than two dozen students,
faculty members, and other interested
parties criticized the recommendation
and the review process which preceded
it.
SCHOOL OF ART professor Allen
Samuels drew first blood from the BPC.
Samuels said that if the review process
&ad been fair in the first place," "all
schools of the University would have
been first looked at," and only after
that could those which most warranted
review be further scrutinized.
Samuels said his perception of the
review process was that it took the sub-
committee eight months to come to a 10
-15 percent recommendation, and
"seemingly one day for the BPC to
come up with a 50 percent and then the
25 percent recommendation." Samuels
concluded by telling the executive of-
ficer, "I just don't trust you anymore."
By far the most interesting presen-
tation of the evening was given by
Richard Chang, a University alumnus
who called the BPC report "irrespon-
sible and inconsistent." Chang brought
out a chart which represented the
recommendations of the subcommittee
and those of the BPC. Chang said the
BPC had erred in its calculations of the
dollar figures which would be saved for
reallocation and gave his own figures.
ACCORDING to Chang, the money
which would be available for
reallocation was less for the 25 percent
cut than with the 10-15 percent cut.
Chang also showed how the amount of
money to come out of the general fund
would actually be $157,000 more with
the 25 percent cut. Chang said he called
these figures "Michigan Voodoo
economics." When Chang left the mike,
,he said rather than applause he would
like explanations from the BPC; none
were offered.
Students also had their chance to
speak and all found fault with the BPC
recommendation. "The administration
has been unclear from the start why
reallocation is necessary, and where
the money will go," said Paula Bass.
Fellow student Michael Webb said
the very motto of the University arts,
sciences, and truth - is now being
called into question by those who call it
their motto. Webb said the "ad-
ministration of the University is forcing
the entire faculty and student body to
bend with every whim of industry," and
cutting the budget from the art schoolis
just another step in that direction.
Student Karen Downing presented
the executive officers with a petition
signed by more than 3000 supporters of
the art school and also delivered more
than 60 letters which art school suppor-
rtrs have written urging President
Harold Shapiro to reconsider the
proposed budget cuts.

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