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Rally fizzles as neo-Nazis fail to show up

TAKE A BITE OUT OF FUN

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* By SCOT WOODS
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
More than 100 spirited activists
picketed the sidewalks at City Hall
Saturday morning, determined to shut
down what they believed would be a
neo-Nazi/Ku Klux Klan rally.
"Stop the Nazis, stop the Klan,"
they shouted, "only militant. action
can."
But their rivals never arrived.
The picketers included members
of the National Women's Rights Or-
ganizing Coalition (NWROC), the
socialist Revolutionary Workers
League, the Communist League and
labor organizations.
Though the protest organizers said
they had no direct knowledge that
there would be a rally, they said they
were convinced white supremacists
and the neo-Nazi group SS Action
would stage one at either City Hall or
the federal building.
They said the hate groups tradi-
tionally stage the event at noon on the
last Saturday before spring equinox.
Jodi Masley, an NWROC mem-
Self-rule
talks may
s ur Israeli
withdrawal
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel of-
fered to move faster on troop with-
drawal from parts of the occupied
lands if Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres and PLO Chair Yasser Arafat
can agree on final plans for Palestin-
ian self-rule during talks this week,
officials said yesterday.
A phone conversation Saturday
between Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin and Arafat prepared the ground
*for the session, Economics Minister
Shimon Shetreet said. Both Peres and
Arafat are due in Paris for a meeting
Thursday of donors who have pledged
money to support Palestinian au-
tonomy.
"We will try to speed up the
completion of the negotiations as well
as the implementation of the agree-
ment," Peres said.
* The main thrust of Israel's bar-
gaining position was that imple-
menting autonomy, rather than fur-
ther government moves to corral
settlers, was the best route to Pales-
tinian security.
"Change cannot come by this or
that step ... but by hastening the imple-
mentation beyond the declaration of
principles, something Israel is pre-
*pared to do," said Uri Savir, the For-
eign Ministry director-general and
head of an Israeli delegation sent to
Tunis, Tunisia, yesterday for talks
with the PLO.
The two sides were close to work-
ing out final details for putting the
Sept. 13 Israel-PLO pact into effect
last month, but talks were stopped
after an Israeli settler killed 30 Pal-
estinian worshipers in a Hebron
mosque.
Under the original timetable, Is-
rael had four months - until April 13
- to complete its troop withdrawal
from the Gaza Strip and the West

Bank town of Jericho. But the pullout
was delayed by disagreements over
security and borders, so its comple-
tion date had been thrown into ques-
hton.
Peres said yesterday the process
could take four to six weeks instead of
four months.'
He also stressed Israel wanted to
get talks moving with Syria as a means
of reaching comprehensive peace with
the Arab world.

'We'll do everything to organize the people out
here to drive them back into their slimy sewers.'
-Jodi Masley, anti-Klan protester

ber, said her group was willing to use
"any means necessary" to prevent the
Klan or SS Action from speaking.
"We'll do everything to organize
the people out here to drive them back
into their slimy sewers," said Masley,
a Michigan Student Assembly presi-
dential candidate.
NWROC flyers around campus
last week called on students to "smash
KKK/Nazi organizing through mili-
tant, mass action," and proclaimed,
"No 'free speech' for fascists!"
But Ann Arbor Deputy Police
Chief Craig Roderick said Saturday
morning that his department had not
received a protection request from
any group.
"We don't anticipate the Nazis to
be here, because we have not had any
contact from them to indicate they
were coming," he said. "And they
never have appeared in Ann Arbor

without calling us first."
Last year, violence erupted when
the "anti-fascist" groups threw snow-
balls at members of SS Action and the
National Association for the Advance-
ment of White People when the groups
attempted to stage a rally.
Roderick said the events have a
violent history, including a confron-
tation in the mid-1980s that resulted
in injuries and property damage.
The violent history prompted the
Inter-Cooperative Council to send
three members of its Multicultural
Affairs Committee to encourage
peaceful resolution of civil rights is-
sues.
Art senior Jonathan Hill, one of
the three committee members, said,
"I think we agree in that we think
racism is wrong, but I think we differ
in the means to end it."
"People shouldn't leave impor-

tant conflicts up to radical fringes,"
Hall added.
A group of students from East
Lansing also came to observe the
event. One man, who asked to be
identified only as "Scott," said he,
too, was uncomfortable with violent
tactics.
"We don't argue about their inten-
tions, it's just how they go about it,"
he said.
"Bob," a green-haired Ann Arbor
resident and self-described anarchist,
spoke of unity among the protesters.
"Nobody's dogging on anyone
about their point of view or their looks
or anything else," he said.
The event was documented by a
group from Prof. Kathrine Hurbis-
Cherrier's Film/Video 301 class.
LSA junior Ryan Kinnen said,
"We were hoping there would be some
violence, because that always makes
good video."
Saturday's rally ended peacefully,
however. The protest lost steam by
about 1 p.m., and the protesters drifted
away.

Saturn Corp.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Sat-
urn Corp. is recalling some 1991 se-
dans and coupes because the vehicles
may not meet federal and California
emissions standards,the General Mo-
tors Corp. subsidiary said yesterday.
"We've informed customers who
bought 1991 models with dual over-
head cam engines by overnight let-
ter," spokesperson Bill Betts said.

recalls some 1991 vehicles

Betts said 28,704 Saturn owners
were being asked to bring their cars
back to dealers for replacement of a
powertrain control module that regu-
lates the car's exhaust. The work takes
about 30 minutes, he said. "We did do
durability testing on these cars, but in
the real world you can't really antici-
pate individual driving habits."
Saturn, the small-car division

founded by GM to compete with
Japanese imports, Friday announced
a 27-percent cut in production.
Officials at Saturn's Spring Hill,
Tenn., plant cited a huge stockpile of
unsold cars for the cutback. The divi-
sion said severe winter weather had
kept buyers away, leading to a 91-day
supply of Saturns, far above the in-
dustry norm.

BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME...
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JiUDITH iiPERKINS/Daily
Delta Delta Delta successfully created a human pyramid, just one of the
many events held yesterday as part of the Greek Olympics.
U.N. relief arrives in
besieged Bosnan town

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-
Herzegovina (AP) - Joyful cries of
"Food! Food!" greeted a U.N. relief
convoy that came yesterday to Maglaj,
the first such shipment since October
into the city largely reduced to rubble
by a nine-month Serb siege.
U.N. officials said Bosnian Serb
forces withdrew late Saturday from
the southern edge of the Maglaj-
Tesanj area, home to 103,000 mostly
Muslim people.
People who have lived under-
ground for months ran into the streets
as the nine trucks carrying food and
medical supplies arrived under heavily
armed escort, including armored per-
sonnel carriers. NATO warplanes
roared overhead, ready to strike in
case of any moves by Serb forces.
"Maglaj is no longer a besieged
city," said Larry Hollingworth, head
of the U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees' operation in nearby Zenica.
Hollingworth, who led yesterday's
convoy, said relief trucks would be
coming regularly to the town, whose
land supplies were cut off last October.
It has been living on airdropped food
through the harsh Balkan winter.
In Sarajevo, residents took another
step of their own toward normalcy,
when the home team beat U.N. peace-
keepers 4-0 in the city's first soccer
match in two years.

Such an open-air event involving
thousands of people would have been
unthinkable only a few weeks ago.
The Maglaj convoy had been ex-
pected for more than a week, as U.N.
and Red Cross workers pressed the
Serbs for permission to feed the town
devastated by nine months of Serb
siege and shellings.
In Zagreb, Croatia, UNHCR
spokesperson Peter Kessler described
Maglaj as being in ruins. "Appar-
ently, there are no buildings left in
Maglaj," he said.
However, witnesses told The As-
sociated Press the damage did not
appear as severe as Kessler described.
Doctors arriving with the convoy
were to help the sick and wounded
and evacuate those who needed fur-
ther treatment, Kessler said.
Maj. Jose Labandeira, a spokes-
person for the U.N. peacekeepers in
Sarajevo, said the international forces
would start patrolling the Maglaj re-
gion today.
Bosnian radio said the Serbs had
withdrawn troops and artillery Satur-
day night from positions along the
Bosna river near Teslic, about 15 miles
west of Maglaj. It said Serbs had held
those positions since June 24 last year.
Croatian radio said the withdrawal
followed an "ultimatum" by Croat
forces.

Art School students wait anxiously to find out whether they won prizes during the school's

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
annual show Saturday night.

Political clash subdued
in El Salvador election

Know of
news? Call
our
newsroom,
76-DAILY.

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador
(AP) - Voters lined up for blocks
yesterday to choose a president for
the first time since the devastating
civil war ended in 1992.
Opinion polls showed the front-
runners in the seven-way presidential
race to be arch-conservative Armando
Calderon Sol and Ruben Zamora,
leader of a leftist coalition that in-
cludes the guerrillas who fought in
the 12-year war. If no candidate gets
more than half the vote, there will be
a runoff between the top two in April.
The winner, the first civilian presi-
dent elected in peacetime since 1930,
will take office for five years begin-
ning June 1. Voters also were select-
ing a vice president, an 84-member
National Assembly and 262 munici-
pal governments.

Unlike past years when elections
marred by bloodshed, the capital as-
sumed the air of a fiesta yesterday,
with pickups draped in party flags
picking up poll-bound voters.
"The Salvadoran people are say-
ing to internal and external forces that
they want to experience true democ-
racy," Calderon Sol before voting.
Police searched voters entering the
Perquin schoolyard, where election
officials sat on children's chairs hand-
ing out ballots. By mid-morning only
one gun was found.
Many across the country found
their names weren't on the voting list.
"In Nicaragua the government reg-
istered the whole country in a month,"
said David Austin, a law student from
Boston who is one of 550 American
observers here.

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