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Activists urge full divestment
By SUSANNE SKUBIK
Anti-apartheid activists encircled
the Fleming Administration
'Building with a black paper chain
Friday in protest of the University's
remaining South African
"This chain symbolizes the
connections between the
'administration and corporations that
~invest in South Africa and are
killing South Africans," said Sonny
Venkatrathnam, a former South
African political prisoner.
AFTER A moment of silence
against cancer can be
cooked up in your kitchen.
in memory of the victims of
apartheid, he ripped the paper links
in the chain. The action represented
the protesters' goal of breaking
links between the University and
the apartheid system.
The University maintains
$500,000 invested in companies
that do business with South Africa
in order to challenge a 1981 state
law which requires public
universities to divest. The Board of
Regents last fall finished divesting
99 percent of the University's
holdings. The chain-breaking
ceremony followed a rally on the
Diag which featured several
speakers, including state Rep. Perry
to rivalry between the University
and Michigan State University
which culminated in Saturday's
football game, recalled that
Michigan State in 1978 was among
the first major universities to fully
divest. "The Regents' shameful
position must be reversed," he told
the crowd of :150 students.
Venkatrathnam, who spent six
years in South Africa's notorious
prison on Robben Island, described
the alleged crimes of his fellow
"They have been called terrorists
and murderers, but I can tell you, of
the old guard, none has handled a
gun," he said.
"Their main crimes have been
nothing but asking for equal rights
for the South African people," he
said. "Being concerned with what is
going on around you compels you
to get involved."
Talks stall over SDI
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10 years the right to develop, test.
and deploy a defense against nuclear
missiles for the people of the free
"This, we could not and will not
do," Reagan declared, to heavy
"This is the dead end to which
they have driven the whole issue of
arms control," said Georgi Arbatov,
a top Soviet adviser on East-West
Arbatov said that U.S. refusal to
limit testing on the strategic
defenses envisioned in Reagan's
Star Wars program had caused the
Asked whether there would be
another summit meeting between
President Reagan and Gorbachev,
Arbatov said, "If the Americans do
not change their position on this
basic issue, I am afraid not."
Schultz said the leaders had
nearly agreed on ways "to deal
effectively with intermediate range
missiles," and had made progress
toward and agreement on limiting
underground nuclear tests, but that
the potential agreements failed to
materialize because all the parts
"It became more and more clear
that the Soviet Union's objective
was effectively to kill off the SDI
program, and to do so by seeking a
change in the ABM treaty that
would so constrain... that research
would not be able to proceed
forcefully," he said.
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Rescuers seek quake victims
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador-Rescuers aided by tracking dogs
dug into collapsed buildings for a second day yesterday, looking for
more survivors of an earthquake that killed hundreds of people and
injured thousands in the capital.
"It is impossible to say how many more are trapped," said Dr.
Antonio Silva Carranza, a member of a volunteer Guatemala rescue
Rescuers pulled at least 24 survivors from two wrecked buildings
Saturday and worked throughhthe night under the glare of lights in
hopes of finding others. Aftershocks from Friday's quake continued to
rock the city.
There was no official casualty count.
The International Red Cross said in Geneva yesterday that 350
people were killed and 6,800 injured and many more believed trapped in
The Red Cross said the homes of about 40,000 families were
damaged, and that 20,000 people were left homeless.
Bush denies he played role
in operation to arm Contras
CHARLESTON, S.C.- Vice President George Bush said Saturday
he has played no role in directing secret flights that drop arms to Contra
rebels in Nicaragua. He said he's met a Cuban-American who helps
direct the missions and he's "a patriot."
Eugene Hasenfus, an American captured after a Nicaraguan missile
brought his cargo plane down Oct. 5, told a news conference in
Managua Thursday of two Cuban-Americans who "work for the CIA
(and) did most of the coordination for the flights." He identified one of
them as a Max Gomez.
Published reports said Friday that Bush's national security adviser,
Donald Gregg, helped place Gomez at a military airfield in El Salvador
from which Hasenfus' plane took off.
The Los Angeles Times said Saturday that Gomez told associates
that he reported to Bush in his role as head of the Contra air supply
"To say I'm running the operation that Hasenfus is involved in ...is
absolutely untrue," Bush said. "I can deny it unequivocally."
Bush made his comments upon his arrival to campaign on behalf of
the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Rep. Tommy
Peres resigns post to Shamir
JERUSALEM-Prime Minister Shimon Peres resigned over the
weekend, beginning an unprecedented transfer of power to his rival,
Yitzhak Shamir. Hours before the resignation, both men underscored
the fragility of the next government.
Peres, leader of the left-leaning Labor Party, will head a caretaker
administration until Shamir, currently foreign minister and head of the
rightist Likud bloc, is sworn in by Parliament, probably tomorrow or
"Mr. President, I respectfully hand in my letter of resignation as
prime minister according to the existing coalition agreement," Peres
said in a brief statement outside the office of President Chaim Herzog,
to whom the resignation was submitted.
Peres and Shamir trade jobs under an arrangement made in September
1984 after an election stalemate made it impossible for either party to
Peres, speaking on Israel Radio hours before handing in his
resignation, said a Shamir-led government would not last if it failed to
pursue his Middle East peace initiatives.
Most voters favor gun control
DETROIT-Three-quarters of Michigan voters consider crime a
threat to their personal safety and most favor gun control, higher taxes
for new prisons and mandatory drug testing, according to a poll
Forty-two percent of those surveyed said crime very much endangered
their personal safety or that of their families, The Detroit News said in
a copyright story.
An additional 33 percent said crime was somewhat of a personal
threat, the newspaper said. Crime was seen as not much of a threat by
19 percent and as no threat by 5 percent, with 1 percent undecided.
The survey was based on telephone interviews Sept. 30-Oct. 4 with
814 people who said they were likely to vote in the Nov. 4 election.
The percentages have a 95 percent likelihood of being accurate within
Asked whether they would be willing to pay higher taxes to build
more prisons, 59 percent said yes, 33 percent said no and 8 percent were
undecided, the News said.
Man attacks encased archives
WASHINGTON-The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are
undamaged and in a steel vault after a man wielding a hammer smashed
the display case containing the documents at the National Archives,
The man, identified as Randall Husar, 36, of Fort Collins, Colo.,
was to be arraigned Saturday after being charged with destruction of
Husar was wrestled to the ground after striking the display twice
Friday. He told guards, "America is an imperialistic country," before he
was arrested, said archives spokeswoman Jill Brett.
As Husar was being subdued, museum officials quickly lowered the
documents into a 25-foot-deep, 50-ton steel vault designed to protect
them in any emergency.
The documents, sealed under airtight glass in a bronze and marble
case, were not touched, said Brett. Damage was estimated at $1,000.
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