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Panel: End U.S. aid to El Salvador
BY JONATHAN SCOTT
The $550 million in military and
pMpnomic aid the United States gives
to El Salvador annually goes to
sopport a regime responsible for the
death of over 70,000 Salvadorans in
the past five years, a panel of four
told reporters at a press conference
Although the Reagan administra-
tion refers to El Salvador as a
"fledgling democracy," the country is
in reality a "terror state" where the
indigenous population fears for its
life on a daily basis, Latin America
Solidarity Committee (LAS C)
"member Dean Baker said.
LASC member Kathy Savoie
criticized both the U.S. government
and mainstream media for pretending
to be concerned with human rights
violations in the world - evidenced
by the focus on Nicaragua - while
at the same time "ignoring human
rights abuses in El Salvador."
"In the last nine years our gov-
ernment has sent $3.6 billion to El
Salvador; this in order to prop up a
government that can't stand on its
own, that remains dependent on the
United States for its survival," she
The other two members of the
panel, Don Coleman from Guild
House and Shirley McRae, a mem-
ber of the Refugee Rights Advocacy
Movement, joined Baker and Savoie
in urging Americans to press for an
end to "U.S. sponsorship of El Sal-
vador's death-squad government."
The press conference, sponsored
by LASC, was intended, in part, to
remember the rape and murder of
four U.S. church members - three
Maryknoll nuns and a lay mission-
ary - who were murdered in El
Salvador on Dec. 2, 1980 by ele-
ments the panel members said are
clearly linked to the government.
McRae said that five members of
the national guard were charged with
the crimes and brought to trial. But
she insisted that the entire case
should be reinvestigated due to new
evidence that indicates the five were
acting on direct orders from govern-
She noted that the government in
El Salvador is responsible for 91
political assassinations this year
Perez headed for victory
in Venezuelan elections
alone. "The situation is deteriorating
every day. We are seeing the same
kind of repressive terror, the same
climate of terror that we saw in '81
Coleman said those victimized by
government-linked death squads are
most often people who support the
right of Salvadorans to "empower
their own lives."
"They are killed because of their
siding with the poor and the power-
less," he said.
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structures, Hope believes that the
wooden school bus, the shanty, and
the board are "effective ways of
swaying public opinion."
Whether or not people know the
history of the Arab-Israeli conflict,
every time someone walks by the
Diag, he said, that person is re-
minded that, "Oh yeah, there are ter-
rorisms going on in Israel."
Fridays in The Daily
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -
Former President Carlos Perez was
declared winner of the presidential
election yesterday, defeating a
conservative rival and returning to
the office he held a decade ago.
The Supreme Electoral Council
declared that Perez, based on early
returns, would win the election over
main opponent Eduardo Fernandez of
the Social Christian Party.
A victory by Perez would give
his left-of-center Democratic Action
party two consecutive victories dur-
ing the nation's worst economic
crisis in decades.
Official returns were not immedi-
ately available. But the Venevision
and Radio Caracas television net-
works projected Perez, 66, would
beat Fernandez by at least 54 percent
to 32 percent, based on polls of vo-
The projections were based on an
estimated voter turnout of 7.8 mil-
lion, which would indicate 15 per-
cent abstention among the more than
9.1 million people registered to
vote. There was no error of margin
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NASA still mute on Atlantis
SPACE CENTER, Houston - The military mission of space shuttle
Atlantis continued under a shroud of official silence yesterday, although
there were indications the orbiter would not return to Earth before tomor-
Atlantis is under the command of the Air Force, which has said it
would give 24-hour notice of landing but otherwise maintain silence un-
less there is an emergency.
No word was heard from either NASA or the Air Force yesterday, the
shuttle's third day in flight, indicating the earliest day the orbiter would
land at Edwards Air Force Base in Califrnia would be tomorrow.
The Air Force gave no information on whether the five-person military
crew accomplished its main goal: deployment of a powerful radar satellite
designed to gather extremely sharp images of East Bloc military facilities
in all weather.
Military threatens to use
force in Soviet Azerbaijan
MOSCOW - The military commander of Baku warned yesterday that
force may be used to contain unrest in the Azerbaijani capital, where au-
thorities have banned protests and meetings in efforts to impose order.
In another development, a newspaper said guards armed with sub-
machine guns were protecting Armenian and Azerbaijani refugees as they
streamed across the border dividing the two republics.
Official news reports have placed the total number of refugees from
both sides at about 150,000 and said they are living in tents at summer
resorts, vacant apartments and with relatives and friends.
The refugee problem is "standing like a black cloud over everybody's
head," said Col Gen. Tyagunov. "Force will be used in case of any failure
to abide by regulations established by law."
Bhutto selects new cabinet
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto installed
her Cabinet yesterday, holding the defense and finance portfolios for her-
self and naming a foreign minister who served under the late President
Mohammed Zia ul-Haq.
The moves followed her orders Saturday to free political prisoners con-
victed under martial law and commute all death sentences. Those orders
are expected to be acted on by President Ghulam Ishad Khan.
In a news conference, Ms. Bhutto said the appointment of Sahabzada
Yaqub Khan to head the Foreign Ministry is a signal of continuity in
Pakistan's stand on the war in neighboring Afghanistan.
Pakistan, with help from the United States, supports Moslem anti-
communist guerrillas fighting the Soviet-backed Kabul government and
shelters more than 3 million Afghan war refugees.
Hijackers returned to USSR
JERUSALEM - Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said yesterday that
the Soviet Union's enthusiastic response to Israel's help in the return of
four hijackers has given "new significance" to relations with Moscow.
Peres also noted in a radio interview that Israel agreed to the speedy
return of the hijackers to the Soviet Union Saturday after receiving
written assurances they wouldn't face the death penalty.
The return of the hijackers ended a drama that began Thursday, when
four armed Soviets seized a busload of school-children in southern Russia,
then traded them for a plane out of the country and a $3.3 million
ransom. The hijackers surrendered shortly after arriving in Israel Friday
School soups up for a van
CHAMBERLAIN, S. D. - Here's an education that students at St.
Joseph's Indian School understand: One 15-passenger Dodge van equals
975,000 Campbell's soup labels.
They collected and bundled the labels and shipped them off to the soup
company. The van, with air conditioning and an AM-FM stereo, should
arrive any day.
The school's 186 students took about a year to collect the labels as
part of the Campbell Soup Co.'s Labels for Education program, which
for years has offered free equipment to schools and libraries for labels
from company products.
The school has participated for four years and has received $47,000 in
equipment during that time, said the Rev. Tom Westhoven, director of
development at the Catholic school for Indian children from troubled
The van will help transport students from their homes to the school
about 120 miles west of Sioux Falls.
The program did not offer a van as a prize until school officials re-
quested it, Westhoven said. "I askd the company to consider offering a
van, and they finally did after a year."
When Campbell set the price at 975,000 labels, "My God, we almost
died," he said.
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