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Nepali
protests
*demand
freedom
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -
Thousands of rock-throwing demon-
strators demanding immediate polit-
ical change stormed the grounds of
an academy yesterday while opposi-
*tion and government leaders dis-
cussed reform inside the building.
When the prime minister and an
opposition leader decided to leave
the negotiations at one point,
protestors forced them back inside
the building and ordered them to
continue talking.
*Demonstrators then surrounded
the Royal Nepal Academy of Arts
and Literature, whistling, clapping
*Iand chanting for freedom and
democracy.
Government officials and leaders
of the previously outlawed Nepali
Cronress Party and the United Left
front said they would sleep inside
the academy, where talks were held.
Police presence at the academy
yesterday was light, and a police
tieutenant said security forces would
toot resort to force.
s The crowd stoned and slightly
damaged Prime Minister Lokendra
Chand's car as he attempted to leave
the building. Chand scurried back to
(he meeting.
.The apparent failure of the talks
raised questions about the strength
of the fledgling democracy move-
ment in this scenic nation of 17 mil-
lion people.
*Trhe apparent failure of
the talks raised
!questions about the
strength of the
fledgling democracy
movement in this
scenic nation of 17
million people.
King Birendra lifted a 29-year-
*old ban on opposition parties April
, two days after police opened fire
on 200,000 people marching on the
palace to demand multiparty democ-
racy. Witnesses said about 200 peo-
ple were killed, but the government
said the death toll was 10.
Birendra also freed several hun-
dred political prisoners and permit-
ted several previously banned news-
papers to reopen.
* But since then, the king has re-
fused to meet opposition demands
do abolish the National Assembly, or
Rashstriya Panchayat, which he
dominates, and to establish an in-
terim government headed by an op-
position leader.
Three decades ago, Nepal
experimented with multiparty poli-
tics for 18 months. The experiment
"ended abruptly when Birendra's fa-
ther, King Mahendra, dismissed the
government and banned political
parties, which he accused of corrup-
tion and incompetence.
Under the system established by
his father, Birendra dominates the
government. He appoints one-fifth
of the National Assembly and has a
say in the nomination of candidates

for the other elected seats. The con-
*stitution gives him control of the ex-
ecutive, legislative, and judicial
branches of government.

The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 16, 1990 - page .3
SSurvey finlvods

Mich.

drivers

want DUT tests'

SAMANTHA SANDERS/Daity

LANSING (AP) - A majority
of Michigan voters believe sobriety
check lanes should be used to curb
drunken driving, a recent survey said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court
is mulling over the tactic's legality.
The poll, released by Inside
Michigan Politics, found 58 percent
of those surveyed supported the use
of check lanes, while 37 percent op-
posed it.
Two percent were undecided while
4 percent said "it depends." The fig-
ures add up to 101 percent due to
rounding.
"I was surprised at the overall re-
sults, but it indicates to me that the
depth of commitment to purging
Michigan's roads of drunken drivers
is more intensive than I thought,"
said William Ballenger, a former
state lawmaker who now edits the
political newsletter.
"I really think it shows a decade-
long assault on the general populace
by a broad cross-section of law en-
forcement and other special interest
groups, like Mothers Against Drunk
Driving, has really done a job in
terms of convincing people that the
crime of drunken driving is so
heinous that the state should be pre-
pared to use what once would have
been considered draconian measures."
The issue first surfaced in Michi-
gan in 1986, when Gov. James
Blanchard ordered the State Police to
set up roadblocks to check all drivers
for signs that they'd been drinking.
One checkpoint was set up that
year, but the practice was stopped
when the American Civil Liberties

Union (ACLU) of Michigan filed a
lawsuit on behalf of six lawmakers.
That suit challenged the roadblock~s
as violating the Fourth Amendment
protections agains t unreasonable,
search and seizure.
In February 1989, The Michigan
Supreme Court ruled the checkpoint
violated rights to privacy and last
month the U.S. Supreme Court be.
gan considering the case. The court's,
decision is expected by July.,
Howard Simon, executive director!
of the ACLU in Michigan, said tho'"
survey, "shows the thirst for effec-
tive law enforcement techniques to
deal with this terrible problem."
However, he said the question,
didn't reflect the fact that law en-
forcement officers and drunken driv,,
ing experts have found other mea-
sures, among them more road patrols
and beefed up penalties, to be far,
more effective.
"I don't think enough informa-
tion was given in the question. Ev-
eryone wants something done, butd
people are not being told by the.,
politicians that sobriety check lanes
are absolutely worthless in curbing.
drunk driving," he said...
"Under those conditions, people
would be less likely to answer that
in a positive way. We all want
something done about drunk driving,
and what politicians have sold to the,
people are public relations stunts."
Marketing Resource Group Inc.--
(MRG) did the survey and MRG
President Tom Shields said the re-
sults show "this issue has gone from'
an inconvenience issue or a rights-
issue to a drunken driving issue."

Mime show.
Sophomore Charisse Edwards is decorated in the Diag for a Christians in Action mime show on Friday.
Assisting her are (left) Education junior Lisa Wilhusen and LSA Junior Lori Hile.

Tylenol *I:
spurs dirl
SALINE (AP) - The discovery
of children here who were playing
with bulk-mailed packages of free
samples, including Tylenol,
prompted a direct marketing com-
pany to change the way it handles
such products.
"Letters probably will go out
Monday that if the product sample is
medicinal or ingestible that we re-
quire that there be child-resistant
packaging for it, said Jeanette Mc-
Donald, vice president for communi-
cations at Donnelly marketing Co.
of Stamford, Conn. Ingestibles are
items that are harmful if swallowed.
McDonald said she didn't know
how many customers would be af-
fected by the changes.
Also, Donnelly envelopes will
soon bear larger print, she said, for

neildent in Saline
,ect mailing change

such warnings as "Medicinal sample
enclosed! Keep this and all drugs out
of the reach of children!"
Both moves exceed federal Food
and Drug Administration require-
ments. The mailings at issue in
Saline were legal, meeting postal
and FDA requirements.
The sample packages were bulk-
mailed to an apartment complex
*whose mailbox openings were too
small for the thick envelopes, so the
products were left on top of the
mailboxes on March 31.
Each envelope contained two 500
milligram Tylenol Gelcaps, a sam-
ple of Jergens lotion and a variety of
coupons. A group of children rang-
ing in age from 3 to 8 collected the
packages, and one parent told author-
ities of seeing youngsters playing

with the Tylenol, pretending it was
cocaine.
Saline police confiscated more
Ithan 100 envelopes.
As few as four Gelcaps could
icause severe liver damage to a 4-
year-old child, said officials at Mc-
Neil Consumer Products Co., the
makers of Tylenol.
Saline Police Chief James Dou-
glas, who first raised the issue with
Donnelly, McNeil and federal offi-
cials, said he was pleased with the
company's response.
M "What we need is a change in
postal regulations," he said. "What
I'd prefer is a ban on the mailing of
unsolicited pharmaceutical products.
If not that, then if they can't be put
in the (mail) box, then return to
sender."

China quiet on
anniversary of
student protests

Discord in Prague sets tone

for Czechoslovak iau

PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP)
- The euphoria surrounding Vaclav
Havel's fairy-tail journey from
prison to the presidency is gone and
Czechoslovaks are back in the real
world, arguing about the economy,
politics and the country's name.
In January and February, intellec-
tuals still exulted over the end of
censorship.
The playwright president in
Prague Castle and his entourage of
former dissidents and underground
artists introduced a new morality to
politics at home and abroad. They
were praised from Washington to
Moscow.
Then domestic worries began to
take over.
Czechs and Slovaks, whose win-

ter revolution was so smooth, split
on the question of whether
"socialist" should be removed from
their republic's formal name. The
matter still is not resolved.
Government economists, facing a
deadline in late April for an agree-
ment on drastic reforms, fell out
over how quickly to adopt a free
market,
Political rivals of the movements
that led the revolution began cam-
paigning for the June 8 elections,
the first free vote in four decades.
Havel, recovering from a hernia
operation, acknowledged in a na-
tional radio address April 1 that "the
time of elation and happiness,
stemming from the fact that .every-
one can say what they want, has
come to an end."
"The time has come when we
will really have to do something
with that freedom," he declared.
Transition from communism to
democracy in Czechoslovakia and
elsewhere in Eastern Europe has
been sudden and makeshift, marked

lpol1ics
by ethnic problems, sharp decreases
in worker output and a political shift
to the right.
Czechoslovakia is better of than
most.
Disputes between Czechs and
Slovaks have not become violent, as
ethnic strife has in Roman ia.
The economy, while lagging be-
hind countries Czechoslovakia out-
stripped 50 years ago, is not bur-
dened by heavy debt but hundreds of
potential Western investors flocking
to Prague still await laws liberaliz-
ing capital movement.
Unlike Hungary, Czechoslovakia
has not even begun establishing
such fundamental elements of capi-
talism as new banks and a stock
market.
A senior economist with close
ties to the government said reform is
hindered by a split between Finance
Minister Vaclav Klaus, who wants
to go all-out for capitalism, and
others, including Havel, who fear the
social consequences.

BEJING (AP) - Authorities ar-
rested a lone protester in Beijing yes-
terday, but hundreds of police dis-
couraged other shows of dissent on
the anniversary of the beginning of
last year's student democracy move-
ment.
Security was only marginally in-
creased at the university campuses in
northwestern Beijing which were
centers of dissent last year.
At Beijing Normal University,
crowds gathered around recently
posted notices announcing the ex-
pulsions of movement leaders Wu'er
Kaixi and Chai Ling, both of whom
have fled to the West.
Yesterday marked one year since
the death of former Communist
Party chief Hu Yaobang, who was
popular among students for his rela-
tively liberal views.
Students took to the streets then
to mourn Hu and criticize the com-
munist leadership that ousted him
from power in 1987 for failing to,
stop previous student demonstra-
tions.
The mar~2es grew into a move-
ment demanding democratic reform
and an end to corruption that lasted
for seven weeks and drew crowds of
more than 1 million people. It ended
when troops shot their way to stu-
dent-occupied Tianamen Square on
June 3-4, killing hundreds and per-'
haps thousands on the way.
Tiananmen Square was open to

the public yesterday, unlike on April
1 and 5 when police sealed off the
plaza to block protests. Overseas
dissidents had urged people to si-
lently stroll through the square on
those days in honor of those killed
in June.
The only incident yesterday oc-
curred when a man in his 30s began
to pin white paper flowers on his
sleeve, a traditional sign of mourn-'
ing. Streamers from the flowers read
"To mourn Hu Yaobang" and}
"Heroes who die for democracy and
liberty.k

THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Meetings
UM Taekwondo Club -
beginners welcome 7-8:30 p.m.
2275 CCRB
UM Shorin-Ryu Karate-do
Club -- beginners welcome 7:30-
8:30 p.m. in the CCRB small
gym
Asian "American Association -
general meeting at 7 p.m. in the
Trotter House
Student Initiative --- meeting
to discuss activity on campus at 7
p.m. in the Union Crofoot Room
Speakers
"Literature- in East Central
Europe Today"- a roundtable
discussion with George Gomori
and Ivan Klima at 3:30 p.m. in
the West Conference Room of
Rackham
"Synthesis and Properties of
Zeolites" - Chang Gyoun Kim

level science and engineering
courses; 7-11 p.m. in..UGLi Rm.
207 and 8-10 p.m. in the Bursley
East Lounge and the South Quad
Dining Hall.
Safewalk - the night-time safety
walking service is available from
8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in UGLi Rm.
102 or call 936-1000
Northwalk - the north-campus
night-time walking service is
available from 8 p.m.- 1:30 a.m.
in Bursley 2333 or call 763-
WALK
ECB Peer Writing Tutors -
peer writing tutors available for
help on papers 7-11 p.m. in the
Angell/Haven and Church St.
computing centers
Free Tax Help --- tax assistance
9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 4th Floor of
the Union
Middle East Perspective --- a
chnw nt A-10 n m n n WCTRNI

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"The Caution Horses:' Their evocative
new album featuring "Sun Comes Up. It's
Tuesday Morning:' "Powderfinger" and
"'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel." The follow-up
to "The Trlinity Session'
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