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away a woman's right to think and
act and control her life," said Rhonda
Laur, chair of the AACDAR.
Laur called for people to join in a
"clinic defense" against Operation
Rescue's "National Day of Rescue,"
which is taking place today in
recognition of Good Friday. During
a "rescue," OR members target a
women's health clinic which offers
abortions and sit in front of its
doors, praying and chanting hymns.
In its "defenses", AACDAR
members try to show up at the clinic
before OR members have time to
block the entrance, in order to clear a
pathway to the doors and escort
women who have appointments that
morning into the clinic.
One student said he recognized a
special reason for being an active
part of AACDAR.
"As a white male, I am part of a
group which has historically op-
pressed other people, including
women and people of color," said
Scott Englehart, an LSA senior.
"I do not intend to allow that op-
pression to continue through any
inaction or apathy. But-I will instead
support all human rights, including
a woman's control of her own
Englehart, along with other
members of AACDAR, passed out
information in several dormitories
'yesterday, concerning the pro-choice
movement against Operation Res-

The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 24, 1989 - Page 5
Political refugee speaks about
recent return to El Salvador

Newly elected El Salvadoran
President Alfredo Cristiani is "a de-
cent person - he means well. That
(also) seems to be the consensus of
the people," Leonel Gomez Vides
told a 25-member audience last night
at Rackham Amphitheater.
"He's trying to make an extreme
right party more towards the center,"
Gomez said of Cristiani, a member
of Republican Nationalist Alliance,
or ARENA party.
Gomez, a native of El Salvador
until he escaped in 1981, came back
from a month-long visit to El Sal-
vador last week.
The speech, sponsored by the

Coalition for Democracy in Latin
America (CDLA), was part of Cen-
tral America Awareness Week.
Gomez was invited back to El
Salvador last month "by one of the
political parties," but he said he
"ended up talking to everyone. I was
hoping to stay until after elections,
but I left a day before because of
death threats," he said.
Although Gomez was originally a
coffee farmer, he became deputy di-
rector of the Salvadoran Institute for
Agrarian Transformation (ISTA) in
Gomez and Jose Rodolfo Viera,
president of ISTA, "supervised the
largest land reform in Salvadoran

history... they began legal proceed-
ings against a former director for
having stolen $40 million," said
LSA junior and CDLA president
Roberto Frisancho.
Because of this investigation,
"Viera was killed and I had to leave
the country... because of eight
assassination attempts on my life, I
was granted political asylum (in the
U.S.). The case is still unsolved be-
cause of the El Salvadoran army,"
said Gomez.
Gomez is now living in Wash-
ington D.C. as a lecturer and writer
on Central America. He is writing a
book about his experiences.

MSA President Phillips presents
'87-88 financial report to regents

Playing dead ROBIN LOZNAK/DaIly
The Gorilla Theater group, Voice for Choice, performs the skit, "Do
you Know who you are Hurting," on the Diag. Today (Good Friday)
at 5:30 a.m. the Ann Arbor Committee to Defend Abortion Rights will
meet to coordinate a pro choice picket in front of an abortion clinic .

Michigan Student Assembly
President Mike Phillips presented
the assembly's 1987-88 annual re-
port yesterday at the University's
Board of Regents monthly meeting.
Phillips, who at times has
clashed with the regents on various
issues, was received rather mildly.
Regent Paul Brown (D-Petoskey)
said the presentation was "just a fi-
nancial report" and that he found
"nothing unusual" about it. He added

that Phillips was just "winding up
his year."
Phillips said, "There was no rea-
son to be hostile with me," He noted
that his term as president will end
after the assembly's April 4 meet-
ing. "They figured, Why should they
create a problem with MSA?"
At the meeting, University
President James Duderstadt praised
Phillips' work during his tenure
with MSA. He credited Phillips with
trying "to strengthen MSA's in-

volvement with the student body"
and for putting forth an "enormous
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor) asked Phillips if a portion of
MSA's funding of the Tenant's
Union went to the campaign to pass
a rent control ordinance last April.
In response, Phillips told the re-
gents that he doubted that the Ten-
ant's Union spent the studenh
money on the campaign.

Journalists face continuing assassinations,
and accusations of treason in El Salvador

NEWS ANALYSIS) - When three journalists were
killed by the Salvadoran military within the first 12
hours of election day, the international press corps re-
acted with shock but not surprise. In the fierce early
years of the war, from 1980 to 1984, some 25 jour-
nalists died- most of them assassinated. Forces have
once again been building here that led veterans of the
Salvadoran story to suspect the open season on re-
porters was about to return.
"You can't separate these new attacks from the way
tension is growing and the war is escalating again,"
said a U.S. photojournalist who has covered the region
since 1981.

As rebel military activity spreads from remote cor-
ners to the heart of the capital, the army is less firmly
in control than it was two years ago. Election morning
broke with the sound of rocket and helicopter fire
trained on rebels in the San Ramon district of the
capital - the first time in memory an air response has
been called to answer weapon fire in the city.
Both here and in the provinces "civilian militia"
carry out support operations for the guerrillas. "You've
got young kids forcibly recruited, with painted faces
and guns, and suddenly they (the army) can't tell who
is a friend and who is an enemy," offered another re-
porter who lives here. "They are nervous and trigger-
happy." Neither reporter wanted to be named.

Costa Rica
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Many Costa Ricans say their
sponsorship of the peace accord has
created some tensions in bilateral
relations with the U.S.; but they

continue to look to the U.S. for
assistance in other areas.
In particular, Costa Ricans say
they want continued economic aid.
"Costa Rica has done what Costa
Rica can do. Ironically, the key to
peace in Central America is the
U.S," Booth said.

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someone to hold them in check."
The University's executive offi-
cers picked Cole, who was rec-
ommended by a search committee
from a pool of 10 to 12 finalists.

Currently, Cole is a member of
the National Association of College
and University Attorneys and chairs
the Student Affairs section of the
association. A graduate of Stanford
University and Boston University
law school, Cole has also authored
many articles which address legal is-

sues concerning discrimination law
and student affairs.
Giraldo, who was also approved
at the meeting yesterday, will as-
sume the Affirmative Action Office
position at a time when concerns
about racial tensions on campus are
high, according to UCAR members.

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