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'U' student rebukes
Polish military rule
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Because of her impeccable grammar
she became a valuable asset to the
Solidarity movement as a translator,
especially for American journalists
covering the strikes. During that time,
she worked with reporters from the
Wall Street Journal, Time and
Newsweek magazines, and the Detroit
The Polish regime instituted martial
law on Dec. 13, 1983, saying it was a
necessary move in order to regain
economic stability. According to
Kietlinska, the government's claims'
were only ane excuse to suppress the
"The basic economic losses that
Poland had at that time were from
mismanagment and not from the
strikes," she says.
"Because people used to go on strike,
but even if they didn't there would be
nothing to do .because the spare parts.
would not be there, the raw materials
would not arrive on time. .. it was an
absolute disintegration of the
economy," she adds.
And this was caused by
mismanagement of the Communist
Party, First Secretary Edward Gierek
regime already starting with the mid-
70s. So blaming the people for going on
strike and making them responsible for
all the economic situation was
ridiculous, and everybody knew that."
After living a year and a half under
martial law, Kietlinska and her family
left Gdansk for Vienna on July 12, 1983.
They applied for entry into the United
States as political refugees and were
granted resident alien status.
Even now, Kietlinska has difficulty
explaining her reasons for leaving
Poland. "It seems like a very easy
question," she says as she pauses from
her meal once again and reflects on the
events that brought her to America.
"Well," she says finally, "my reac-
tion when they introduced martial law
was so violent, and the intensity of my
hatred was so violent, that I just
really did not-like the idea of thinking
aobut myself in terms of this hatred. I
couldn't stand it ... I felt like throwing
stones, it was unbelievAble."
Kietlinska describes an incident that
happened in January, 1982, shortly af-
ter martial law had been introduced.
There had been a heavy snowfall and
she was pulling a sled behind her when
she came upon a break in the pavement
where there was not snow, forcing her
to carry the sled.
"There was a patrol of policement ip
uniforms,"' she continued. "What they
did was kind of a very humane sort of
gesture. They just wanted to help me to
carry the sledge. I thought I would kill
them. I can still hear my shrill voice
when I was telling them to fuck off and
leave the sledge alone.
"All of a sudden with the 13th of
December... you had all the cities full
of military uniforms and police with
huge clubs and with tear gas. It was like
an instinctual sort of hatred toward the
uniform. So I really didn't think;' I reac-
ted. And I just didn't like mayself, I just
didn't like the things that were hap-
pening to myself in those terms."
Although Kietlinska said that she was
never physically harassed by police,
she was detained and interrogated by
them several times. She was also
followed and on a couple of occassions
the secret police came and searched
"The curfew was, I thin, at eight or
nine at that time, and when you hear
your doorbell ring at three in the mor-
ning you really have no doubts about
who the visitors are and there's this
moment of panic," she said.
"The reasons for decisions like that
(leaving Poland) are really very com-
plex," Kietlinska explained. "It wasn't
really fear that made me leave, it was
mostly lack of hope. It was a weird sort
of reaction - like maybe if I leave I
won't see it, I'd be able to pretend it
doesn't exist and I won't have to cope
A CCORDING to Kietlinska who
jokingly refers to herself as
a "right-winger" - President Reagan
is very popular among Eastern bloc
opposition groups because of his tough
foreign policy in dealing with the
"That's why Reagan is a favorite
hero in Poland," she said. "The only
thing they (the Soviets) can understand
is power. No humane sort of thinking,
no human rights ... these things simply
do not affect them. They don't care a bit
It's very hard to understand this for an
Amercian because you've got all this
culture that's really based on the rights
of the individual. There a person does
"What they really understand is the
language of power and Reagan is giving
them some of it, at least. I loved the
Grenada thing . . . because it showed
them that Americais capable of more
than just barking. Of course, we do not
expect you to come there and intervene
in any military way. But on the other
hand, they don't either. And that's bad
because they should at least have the
feeling that there is some sense of
However, Kietlinska's conservatism
seems limited to politics and
philosophy. ("I totally identify myself
with the intellectual position of T.S.
Eliot. I don't like the relativity of
Despite this, she likes the "vitality"
of the more off-beat and bizarre
elements of society. "I love punks," she
laughingly admitted. "The world is not
so grey and boring after all if people
still have the guts to dress that way."-
When this rather sharp difference in
tastes was pointed out to her, Kietlinska
seemed stumped for a moment. "You
caught me," she said. Kietlinska
smiled and then laughed. "Maybe I
have a split personality."
F OR KIETLINSKA, the hardest
of adjusting to American life
was getting used to "the little things" -
like self-serve gas stations, money
machines and checking accounts. She
English T A., Kasia Kietlinska still involves herself in her native Poland's
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also misses the ethnic identity of the
"The situation combines being an
emigrant from your own country and
an immigrant here. And people usually
realize this part about living here but
they do not realize what it means to
need those things, not to have certain
"Like, I have dreams where I.see the
pavement near by house (in Gdansk)
with little cracks. I remember where
the cracks were. I never really thought
about those cracks. It seemed I never
really noticed. . . and then all of a sud-
den it- just comes back in strangely
After she gets her Ph.D. in English,
Kietlinska hopes to eventually move to
New York, the place she said most
resembles the "organic" structure of
European cities. Kietlinska, a self-
proclaimed "city creature," lives in
Harper Woods and finds that the
"rural" life in suburbia does not agree
"I really like a lot of things about
America," she said. "I like the openess.
The U.S. really is a very hospitable
society." Even so, Kietlinska hopes to
return to Poland some day but admits
that after relinquishing her Polish
citizenship the odds are against the
Although she had many positive
things to say about the United States,
Kietlinska said that if she had to do it
over again she would have remained in
"It's (mostly because life's different
there. Even if you feel threatened -
and sometimes there really are
moments that you can.
"In, a country like Poland the fact
that they are not really harassing you in
any physical way does not mean
anything for the future because you
know they can," she says. "You're
there and they let you live only because
they have an arbitrary reason to.
"But the moment his changes - and
it can change for hundreds of reasons -
yu're down there in the abyss. It took
one night to have the important people
(in Solidarity) in-prison. Even if you're
alive and not in prison any minute can
bring a change and it's very hard to live
"But on the other hand, having a
feeling that you're doing something
that has sense, that's important...that
has some broader significance. I just
don't have this feeling here," she adds.
"I miss the general atmosphere of
living the saime things, of living the
same problems. If you live the way I did
you really talk about the same things,
you really communicate with the
people. You don't hve the feeling of sort
of being different, of standing aside, of
being an alien.. . and here I do.
Kietlinska pauses, then says almost
apologetically, "I enjoy a lot of things
here, I really do." As she pushes her
half-eaten salad around with her fork,
she adds, "but its's like it's not mine
and that's what really bothers me.
"It might be someday, though. You
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Judge moves convicted rapist to
new prison, fears for his safety
CHICAGO - Gary Dotson, sent back to prison yesterday on a rape senten-
ce after a judge rejected a woman's testimony that she wasn't raped, has
been moved to a different prison because officials fear his fame might make
him a target of violence.
Meanwhile, the judge who upheld his rape conviction last week said he was
sorry for Dotson and his family, but had to do what he thought was right.
Dotson, 28 whose first week of freedom in six years ended Thursday in the
Markham courtroom of Circuit Judge Richard Samuels, was moved Friday
night from Joliet Correctional Center to a smaller prison at Dixon, 70 miles
northwest, where he can have a cell to himself.
Samuels had freed Dotson on $10,000 cash bond while his case was being
decided. He refused Thursday to reverse the conviction on the basis of
recanted testimony by Cathleen Webb. She testified she made up the story of
being raped that sent Dotson to prison because she had sex with a boyfriend
as a teen-ager and was afraid she might be pregnant.
Warren Lupel, Dotson's attorney, cited "a tremendous outpouring from all
over the continent," including attorneys offering services to help free Dot-
Shuttle satellite fails after launch:
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A radio satellite released to the Navy failed
seconds after launch from the shuttle Discovery yesterday and the
astronauts were ordered to trail 40 miles back while engineers determine if
the satellite could be saved.
The Hughes Aircraft Co. satellite, planned to earn $16.8 million a year for
five years, was left drifting in a useless orbit ranging from 192 to 286 miles
high with a "live" rocket motor identical to the third stage of a Minuteman 3
If'the satellite cannot be saved, it would strike another blow to the space
insurance industry, already reeling from three losses over the past year. A
Hughes spokeswoman said the satellite was insured but she declined to say
for how much.
"We're trying to see what we can do to the satellite from the shuttle," said
Mary Mixon, a Hughes vice president in Houston. "NASA is pulling together
teams to see if we can rendezvous. There are safety issues involved."
U.S. mercenary killed in combat
MANAGUA, Nicaragua - An American "mercenary" fighting with
Nicaraguan rebels was killed in combat by government troops, Nicaragua
The Nicaraguan Defense Ministry identified the man as Roger Patterson,
hometown unknown, who died March 27 during a battle with a Sandinista
Popular Army battalion near Waslala, some 100 miles northeast of
In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said records showed that a Roger
Patterson had served in the U.S. Army from July 1979 to November 1984 but
the spokesman said nothing more was known about the man.
The body was found after the clash "with a dogtag typically used by the
United States Army, stating his name as Roger, Patterson; Blood Type:0;
Religion: Baptist,' the ministry said.
"Without question, the man is American," an army spokesman said.
Fighting continues into eleventh
year of Lebanese civil war
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The 11th year of Lebanon's civil war began yester-
day with artillery killing three people in Sidon, eight people dying in an at-
tack on a south Lebanese village, and militias battling in the streets of
Be government's Beirut Radio said Israeli troops killed eight people in a
"massacre" at Yohmor, a Shiite Moslem village 28 miles southeast of
But the military command in Tel Aviv, Israel, denied involvement and
said its troops went into the village later only "to find out what happened."
Israel Television quoted unidentified sources in the Israeli-trained South
Lebanon Airamy as saying the killings were related to a feud between the
Shiite Amal militia and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party over control of
Terrorist blast kills -18 in Spain
MADRID,- A terrorist bomb "most likely" caused the explosion that
destroyed a steakhouse filled with U.S. servicemen, killing18 Spaniards and
injuring 82 other people, including 15 Americans, officials said yesterday.
Although no Americans were reported killed, 25 U.S. citizens were among
the 175 patrons of the El Descanso Restaurant nine miles north of Madrid,
when the blast occurred Friday night.
The dining spot is halfway between the Spanish capital and the U.S.-leased
Torrejon Air Base, and is frequented by Americans from the base.
Two separate groups - the Basque separatist group and the pro-Iranian
"Islamic Jihad - Islamic Resistance" - claimed responsibility for the
blast, but neither claim could be confirmed.
The Spanish Interior Ministry said in a statement that initial results of its
investigation into the Friday night blast, near the U.S. Air Force base "per-
mits us to suppose (it) may have been caused by an explosive device made
up of chloratite."
Chloratite is a chlorate-based explosive.
Protester looks to educate
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here," Ransby said. "I would like to
see a lot of educational events like
speeches and films," she said.
Ransby, who pushed for divestment
of stocks from companies doing
business in South Africa, while working
on Columbia's university senate, said
she thinks the protest at her old school
has been a success.
SHE visited the school last week in a
show of support for protesters.
"I think the protest was effective in
terms of galvanizing support for the an-
ti-apartheid issue. It remains to be
seen whether it's effective enough to
force Columbia to divest," she said.
The school has about $39 million in-
vested in the companies.
She added that the cumulative effect
of protests at colleges across the nation
will have an embarassing effect on the
Reagan administration's policy toward
the government of South Africa.
"IT SHOULD be pretty embarassing
when college students say the policy is
indefensible and immoral to have."
But while she said these protests will
be effective, she added that she doesn't
know what the most appropriate action
for anti-apartheid groups at the
University would be.
The University's regents voted to
divest 90% of its interests in companies
operating in South Africa, keeping in-
vestments only in corporations deemed
vital to the state's economy.
"The start is educational events,''
she said speaking from her experience
at Columbia where she found that many
students were uninformed about the
issue of apartheid.
RANSBY LAST WEEK organized a
speech by David Ndaba, a South
African exile and member of the
African National Congress Delegation
to the United Nations' Observer
Mission to educate students on the
Ran s by is currently circulating a
petition among faculty stating that
desciplinary action should not be taken
against the student protesters at
Columbia because "it was a non-violent
act of civil disobedience for a moral,
It will be sent, along with petitions
circulated at other universities, to
Ransby said she hopes to have a
meeting for students interested in the
anti-apartheid movement in the next
couple of weeks.
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