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Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCVIII, No. 61 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Monday, December 7, 1987 Copyright 1987, The Michigan Daily

City

okays

warrants
for protester
Student faces assault
charges from officers

--~--- -Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Nearly a quarter of a million marchers protesting Soviet treatment of Jewish refuseniks filled the mall between the United States Capitol and the
Washington Monument in Washington D.C. yesterday.

Marc hers.
By STEVE BLONDER
Special to the Daily
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A series of
distinguished speakers described the plight of
Soviet Jews to hundreds of thousands of people
gathered yesterday to put free emigration on the
agenda on the eve of the Reagan-Gorbachev
summit.
The "Freedom Sunday" march, led by nobel
prize winner Elie Wiesel and Soviet emigre
Natan Sharansky, began at the Ellipse opposite
the White House and was followed by a rally at
KGB agents
confront
Soviet ralliers
MOSCOW (AP) - Hundreds of burly men in
civilian clothes roughed up refuseniks and jour-
nalists yesterday and knocked down and detained
U.S. TV journalist Peter Arnett during rival
demonstrations on the eve of the U.S. Soviet
summit.
At least 100 refuseniks - Soviets denied
permission to emigrate - planned to take part
in a protest against Soviet restrictions on
emigration.
But at least 27 were detained en route to the
Moscow demonstration, and the others were
overwhelmed by about 200 plainclothes KGB
agents and about 100 members of the officially
supported Soviet Peace Committee.
The agents jammed Smolensky Square and
jostled refuseniks who managed to get through
police cordons blocking all entrances to the
protest site, a small triangle of grass opposite the
Foreign Ministry.
See KGB, Page 2

rally for S
the Mall between the Capitol building and the
Washington monument.
The rally, which was marked by speakers
representing all different religious denominations
and ethnic groups, was held only hours after
Soviet police violently broke up a peaceful
demonstration against Kremlin policy.
New York City mayor Edward Koch, speaking
at the rally, compared these tactics with those of
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in the 1930s.
"That's not glgsnost, that's Joe Stalin. The
Soviet Union is keeping over 10,000 political
prisoners. They're not killing them; they're
keeping them in concentration camps. We still
need to demand that these people, both Jews and
Christians, have a right to go," he said.
Other speakers, though not quite as biting as
Koch, emphasized the necessity of "taking strides
forward in bettering human rights."
House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Texas) told the
nearly quarter million people assembled, "While
one person is held unjustly against his will, none
of us is fully free. While one family remains
forcibly disunited, none of us can be wholly
fulfilled."
Currently, over 400,000 Soviet Jews have
requested exit visas from the Soviet Union. The
number of Jews allowed to leave the Soviet
Union in 1987 is estimated to be around 8,000
- up from 914 released last year - but
marchers called the increase inadequate.
"We cannot be satisfied by Gorbachev
releasing a few individuals. We are not going to
stop struggling until every Jew in the Soviet
Union is able to join us in Israel," Sharansky
told the shouting crowd.
It is our struggle which makes governments
in the free world strong, and it is our struggle
which will make the Russian government open
the gates of the Soviet Union," he continued.
In a letter on Friday, President Ronald Reagan
promised to press for "the release of all
refuseniks, for full freedom of emigration, and for

oviet ews
complete freedom of religion and cultural expres-
sioMorris Abram, chair of the national
Conference on Soviet Jewry, said, "We shall not
rest until (the Soviet Jews) are free. This is the
duty of our generation; it is our turn to say to the
would-be Pharoah, 'Let them go' - home."
Most of the 15 speakers said the plight of
Soviet Jews concerns all people, not just Jews.
Vice President George Bush stussed theneed
to speak out about the human rights abuses in
See SPEAKERS, Page 5
'U1 students
P #
in protest
By STEVE BLONDER
Special to the Daily
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A small but
vociferous band of University students descended
on the capitol city yesterday to join nearly a
quarter million other people protesting the plight
of Soviet Jews.
The students participated in the march for
variousreasons, though they were united in their
desire to make a statement to Soviet Premier
Mikhail Gorbachev. Some endured a 12-hour bus
"odyssey," while others chose to fly in at the
crack of dawn to be a part of the march, held one
day before the Reagan-Gorbachev summit.
"The reason why I'm going to this rally is
glasnost is glasnyet for Soviet Jews," said LSA
sophomore Debbie Schlussel. Schlussel flew
into Washington yesterday morning to participate
in the march.
See STUDENTS, Page 2

By STEVE KNOPPER
The Ann Arbor City Attorney's
office Friday authorized two warrants
for the arrest of Rackham graduate
student Harold Marcuse on assault
charges.
The attorney's office refused to
authorize a warrant for the arrest of
University Assistant Director of
Public Safety Robert Patrick.
Student witnesses said Patrick kicked
Marcuse in the groin during a protest
of Central Intelligence Agency
recruiting interviews at the Student
Activities Building two weeks ago.
The warrants were authorized on
the basis of testimony from Ann
Arbor Detective Douglas Barbour
and University Assistant Director of
the Department of Public Safety
Robert Pifer, who said that Marcuse
assaulted them during the protest.
Pifer refused to comment.
Barbour was unavailable for
comment.
At the protest, about 30 student
protestors forced their way past
University Director of Public Safety
Leo Heatley, who was physically
blocking their access to a hallway at
the Career Planning and Placement
office of the SAB.
Heatley told police that Marcuse,
who was at the front of the crowd,
assaulted Barbour, who was in plain.
clothes, in the hallway after
protestors got past Heatley,
Assistant City Attorney Ron
Plunkett said.
Heatley was unavailable for com-
ment.
Marcuse, however, said he was in
a "continuous motion trying to
move in," and that he was facing a
wall in the corridor, not facing
Barbour.
Later, Marcuse and about seven
other protestors gained access to
another hallway, and Marcuse said he
was kicked by a man who student
witnesses said was Patrick.
Plunkett said that upon reviewing
the police report, the attorney's
office found that Patrick acted in
self-defense. According to witness

testimony, Plun-kett said, "Patrick
identified Marcuse as assaulting
Pifer, and there really wasn't
evidence to the contrary. Patrick's
kicking was not an assault...
Marcuse was acting as the
aggressor."
Several protestors who witnessed
the events have maintained that
'I don't even know who
Pifer could possibly be. I
didn't do anything to
anyone.
- Harold Marcuse,
Rackham graduate student

Patrick kicked Marcuse without
cause. Rackham graduate student Jeff
Gearhart, one of the protestors who
was near Marcuse during both
incidents, said the City Attorney's
office is "really out on a limb with
this one" and that Marcuse did not
assault Pifer or Barbour.
"The police report reads that I
went into the hallway kicking,
shoving, and striking, and that I
assaulted Pifer and then went for
Patrick," Marcuse said. "I don't even
know who Fifer could possibly be. I
didn't do anything to anyone," he
said.
Marcuse said the City Attorney
office's report was "pretty hokey
from start to finish."
After Marcuse was kicked, he lay
in the hallway for about 45 minutes,
telling police he wanted them to
arrest the person who kicked him for
assault. Later, he said Barbour told
him he was under arrest.
About a week after the protest,
police contacted Marcuse, saying a
campus safety officer had testified
that Marcuse assaulted him.
Marcuse was arrested for simple
See STUDENT'S, Page 3

RSG offers reward
for conspiracy clues

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By STEVE KNOPPER
Rackham Student Government is
offering a $500 reward to Ann Arbor
Police or Campus Safety officers for
information leading to the arrest of
their fellow officers for conspiracy to
obstruct justice, perjury, or any
other crime at the anti-Central
Intelligence Agency protest two
weeks ago, said RSG President Mark
Greer.
Greer said he made the decision
Friday to offer the reward because
assault charges levelled against
Rackham graduate student Harold
Marcuse were "very, very suspi-
cious."
The City Attorney's office issued
two warrants for Marcuse's arrest on
the basis of testimony from Univer-
sity Assistant Direct(. of Public
Safety Robert Pifer and Ann Arbor
Police Detective Douglas Barbour
that Marcuse assaulted them.
Marcuse said he was kicked in the
groin during the protest by a person
whom witnesses identified as Robert
Patrick, an assistant director of Pub-
lic Safety. The attorney's office de-
clined to authorize the warrant for

The reward is being offered to
campus security officers or city po-
lice officers who are "willing to turn
in- their comrades," Greer said. The
reward specifically mentions safety
director Leo Heatley.
Greer said RSG members can
vote to rescind his decision during
their next meeting in January, but
the reward will be effective until
then. He said he expected a
unanimous vote to uphold the
decision, and that the three members
he contacted last night had
"enthusiastically supported" the
reward.
INSIDE
The University needs to eliminate
elitist admissions criteria to
facilitate diversity.
OPINION, Page 4
The drama department's
production of Skin of Our Teeth
didn't need much flossing.
ARTS, Page 7

two days
By STEPHEN GREGORY
One of two anti-apartheid shanties
on the Diag was torn down Thursday
night, rebuilt Saturday afternoon,
and then torn down again Saturday
night.
Pam Nadasen, a member of the
Free South Africa Coordinating
Committee, which built both
shanties, thought the attacks were

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