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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 12, 1990 - Page 5

Fighting
kills SiX
em San
Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador
(AP)r- Air force planes and heli-
copters strafed and bombed suspected
rebel positions near a northeastern
village yesterday, killing at least six
people and wounding 20, a witness
said.
Fighting broke out around 6:30
a.m. in the village of Corral de
Piedra, 53 miles northeast of the
capital, said a female church worker
who insisted on anonymity for fear
of reprisals.
"The planes and helicopters did
their work for about two hours,"she
~ said. "We were in chapel when we
heard the shooting in the hills, and
we heard about 10 bombs explode,
shaking the chapel, and the dust then
sifted in under the doors."
Telephone calls to the press of-
'fice at military headquarters for
,comment were not immediately re-
turned.
A resettlement camp for refugees
*in the decade-old civil war in Corral
de Piedra, in Chaltenango province,
appeared to be one of the targets, the
witness said in a telephone inter-
view.
"When people finally dared to go
out, we went in to a house and we
saw five children and one adult dead.
The roof of the house was blown up
by a bomb. At the same spot I saw
'about 20 wounded people," the wit-
ness added.
A nurse at the Chaltenango Re-
gional Hospital told the Associated
Press that the wounded were being
evacuated there from Corral de Piedra
where, she said, there had been fight-
ing between guerrillas and govern-
ment troops.
"There are more than 10 wounded
here. We have a lot of work. An-
other three (wounded) were taken to
:San Salvador and it is known there
are many dead there (in the village),"
the nurse said. She, too, insisted on
anonymity.
Senior military officers have been
publicly saying in recent weeks the
people at the Corral de Piedra camp
were secretly collaborating with the
Farabundo Marti National Liberation
Front, a coalition of five guerrilla
organizations fighting for power.

East

Germans

fear fast pace

of

changes

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Indian forces open fIre on
Pakistani dem--onstrators

EAST BERLIN (AP) - Sigrid
Kluge says she welcomes the Soviet
green light for German reunification,
but she fears developments are mov-
ing too quickly and threaten to swal-
low up her country.
"I want unification, not coloniza-
tion," the young mother said yester-
day as she pushed her daughter in a
stroller across East Berlin's huge
Alexander Square.
The drive toward unification
gained a boost Saturday, when West
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
said Soviet President Mikhail Gor-
bachev had agreed that a decision on
the issue "is the sole right of the
German people," including the time
frame and method.
West German Foreign Minister
Hans-Dietrich Genscher said yester-
day the Soviet leadership cleared the
way for German unification because
Moscow officials believe it will im-
prove European stability.
While it is almost impossible to
judge the nationwide reaction to the
developments, many East Germans
queried at random yesterday were
wary about the rapid pace of events
in their country, which until four
months ago was under the grip of a
hard-line Communist regime.
Some appeared especially con-
cerned by Kohl's assertion that a re-
unification plan could be presented
by the end of this year.
"We should wait until our econ-
omy is stronger, so that we can have

a say in forming a new Germany,
with all the best points of both
countries," said Ms. Kluge, an office
clerk.
But West Germans say it is the
reported near-collapse of the East
German economy that makes unifi-
cation so pressing now.
Ms. Kluge was worried about the
possible loss of East Germany's ex-
tensive social services. The services
are designed to provide literally cra-
dle-to-grave security for all citizens,
although the social safety net is un-
ravelling.
Edith Puechner, a high school
teacher from Leipzig, said things are
happening too quickly for people to
adapt. She appeared concerned by
Kohl's assertion that unification
could be approved by the end of the
year.
"We have to adjust to both
democracy and a new economic sys-
tem, and that takes time," Ms.
Puechner said.
None of those questioned in East
Berlin disagreed that unification was
inevitable. The only question seemed
to be how soon and on what terms.
None of those interviewed favored
a unified Germany being part of
NATO. Instead, all spoke out for
German neutrality.
Most said that only neutrality
would convince neighboring coun-
tries they had nothing to fear from a
unified Germany.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -
About 1,000 demonstrators tried to
surge across a cease-fire line into In-
dian-held Kashmir yesterday and
state-run television said Indian forces
opened fire, killing six people.
The Defense Ministry spokesper-
son said Pakistan army patrols
turned back most of the protestors
but that small groups slipped into
Indian-held territory. He said only
three people were killed and four
wounded.
The incident occurred near the
small village of Chaukoti, about
100 miles north of Islamabad. It
came as India is cracking down on
Moslem militants conducting a vio-
lent secessionist campaign in Indian-
held Kashmir.
India again accused Pakistan yes-
terday of aiding the Moslem cam-
paign centered in Srinagar, India,
where a curfew was still in place
yesterday.
Pakistan has accused India of
"ruthlessness" in suppressing the se-
cessionists and of trying to divert
international attention by blaming
Pakistan for what it has called an
"indiginous freedom movement."

Pakistan television reported yes-
terday that Indian border guards killed
six people and arrested four. The
television quoted the prime minister
of Pakistan-held Kashmir, Sikander
Hayat Khan, in its report.
"We and the Indians are very clear
that this is a local trouble," said the
Pakistani ministry spokesperson.
"It's very difficult to blame anyone,
'It's very difficult to
blame anyone,
whether they fired in
self-defense or not'
- Pakistani ministry
spokesperson
whether they fired in self-defense or
not," he said of the Indian border
guards.
India's high commissioner to
Pakistan, J.N. Dixit, said he had not
heard of any disturbance along the
cease-fire line.
"This is news to me. I have no
information," he said. "I would have
heard at least one or two hours after
it happened."
Pakistan's state-run news agency

said Islamabad asked Dixit "to con-
vey a sense of shock to the Indian
authorities in New Delhi and also
impress upon them the need to exer-
cise utmost restraint in dealing with
armed civilians."
The demonstration at the border
was one of many in Pakistan yester-
day, marking the sixth anniversary
of the death of Magbool Butt, a mil-
itant Kashmir leader. Butt was
hangeu for the 1965 murder of an In-
dian intelligent agent in Kashmir.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -
A kindergarten teacher near retire-
ment breaks up a fight among her
pupils and ends up on Florida's
computer list of "confirmed" child
abusers.
A father of seven, twice named
his school's teacher of the year,
brings in clothes for a needy student.

Other teachers find the girl trying on
a blouse in the cloakroom of a
nearby classroom, and he ends up on
the list.
Those were two "horror stories" a
teachers' union attorney told a task
force formed to study how the state
handles child abuse accusations
against parents, teachers and other
caretakers.

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Both teachers cleared their names,
but not before they --like other in-
nocent teachers - were hurt by the
system, said Elizabeth DuFresne, an
attorney for United Teachers of Dade.
"We have had in Dade County in
the last two years, six teachers...
lose their homes while suspended
without pay, three marriages break
up, an entire emotional deterioration
of one teacher who ultimately was
justified on every single ground,"
Ms. DuFresne said.
The last example was a kinder-
garten teacher planning her retire-
ment after 37 years in the classroom.
The woman, who broke up a kinder-
garten fight, "literally couldn't han-
dle being accused," Ms. DuFresne
said.
Last year in Dade County, 57
teachers faced abuse investigations
after breaking up fights, she said.
Ms. DuFresne was one of several
education representatives at public
hearings throughout Florida in recent
months to urge the task force to rec-
ommend that lawmakers change the
way the Florida Abuse Registry
works.
Access to the registry is limited
to HRS investigators, police and
prosecutors, who use the computer
list to keep confirmed abusers out of
caretaker jobs such as work in day-
care centers. Public schools do not
use the list for screening - the task
force wants to change the system so
they will - but teachers, like any
other caregiver including parents, can
be put on the list.
Educators say the registry vio-
lates the constitutional rights of the
accused, listing them as confirmed
abusers without a hearing, and even

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