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When Kakazu went back to the house
-ater, he brought five friends the
.ither five students who are accused in
+ he case - "just to make sure he
didn't get beat up again by like 20
guys," Hamdan asserted.
He maintained neither he nor
Kakazu's other four friends touched
Wise or slammed a door on Wiest. He
:aid they did not set foot on the porch,
tnly watched from the lawn.
Harmdan added, "If all of us were
. umping on him so bad, he'd probably
till be in the hospital."
Wise and Wiest both indicated
that they hope the six students will be
zxpelled from the University.
"My feeling is that whether
;Kakazu) was sentenced or not that he
should be expelled from the Univer-
sity, along with the other five defen-
dants," Wise said.
Expulsion is the most severe pun-
ishment allowed under the code. The
code states that expulsion is appropri-
ate "for offenses which are violent,
dangerous, repeated, or a willful fail-
ure to comply with a lesser sanction."
The co-complainants said the hear-
ing would be with an adminstrator,
rather than with a student panel.
Kakazu said, "I'm just hoping that
whoever's mediating it ... tomorrow
will hear both sides and realize that
both stories are completely opposite
... and realize that both sides were
responsible for the fight."

Continued from page 1
can too!"
By providing services such as
health care and primary education,
the Zapatistas have slowly built up a
large base of peasant support. The
Zapatistas claim to have an army of
5,000 indigenous people. Weaponry
and communication devices, although
far inferior to those of the Mexican
military, indicate substantial middle-
and upper-class financial support as
On Jan. 1, 1994, about 800
Zapatista soldiers occupied San
Cristobal de las Casas and five sur-
rounding pueblos. They seized gov-
ernment buildings, conducted public
meetings and opened food warehouses
to the poor. The rebels withdrew be-
fore heavy military reinforcements
could arrive, but the incident was a
slap in the face for the Mexican mili-
tary and a wake-up call to the govern-
"The attack was a surprise, but the
government has known about the
Zapatista movement for years," said a
Mexican anthropologist in San
Cristobal de las Casas. "The threat
was never really taken seriously and
the government did not want to risk
the passage of NAFTA (North Ameri-
can Free Trade Agreement) by start-
ing a violent counter-insurgency cam-
paign. The Zapatistas struck at the
opportune time - the United States
was watching and Mexico could not

Chiapas: The Region
Chiapan rebels have been fighting
the Mexican government for
almost a year and a half. Some of
the region's main cities:
Gulf of ,
Mexico Ocosingo
San Cristobal
do las Casas
Altamirano Margaritasi

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afford to retaliate harshly."
A cease-fire was called on Jan. 12,
1994, and formal negotiations in Feb-
ruary produced government promises
of electoral reform and improved ser-
vices to the indigenous communities.
The Zapatistas questioned the legiti-
macy of the subsequent August elec-
tions, however, and in December they
occupied 32 pueblos, including many
outside Chiapas.
Zapatista gains are limited, how-
ever. The PRI governor of Chiapas,
Robledo Rinc6n, whom the Zapatistas
accuse of fraudulently winning the
August 1994 elections, stepped down
in early February. Rinc6n was re-
placed by another party member.
New elections have been sched-
uled for other southern states that
have strongly protested election re-
sults, but how far the PRI is willing to
go with its reforms has yet to be seen.
Early this February, President
Ernesto Zedillo used force in an at-

tempt to expel the Zapatistas from
theirjungle camps. The public outcry
within Mexico and from the interna-
tional community in response to re-
ported human rights violations, how-
ever, forced Zedillo to partially with-
draw the military. He has since re-
turned to his program of trying to
draw support away from the Zapatistas
by providing some social welfare ser-
vices to the indigenous communities.
The communities have accepted
the aid and even shown support for
the government, but some view this a
survival tactic rather than arealchange
of heart.
"I take their food and what medi-
cal services they bring, they give my
children candy and smile a lot, but I
don't trust them. What do they want?"
asked an elderly indigenous woman.
By providing aid and creating a
dual government in Chiapas with the
defeated PRD candidate Amado
Avendaio as acting governor, the
Zapatistas have presented themselves
as a legitimate power for change in
Chiapas and a definite political threat
to the Mexican government.
To the 20 million Mexicans living
in poverty, a successful Zapatistamove-
mentcould translateintoamuch-needed
increase in public services and aid.
"Some say the Zapatistas are just
another group of politicians, some
say they are Cuban or German or even
from the United States," said an in-
digenous man watching a video of
Zapatista leader Subcommandantc
Marcos near the Cathedral in Sar
Cristobal de las Casas.
"I don't know what to think, but I
hope they are real because we neec
help, we need change. They give us
hope and all we can do for now is trust."
- Denson is an LSA senior
pursuing a concentration in
Latin American studies.

Georgia rep. switches to GOP
WASHINGTON - In the latest sign of the Democrats' eroding base, a
conservative House member joined the Republican Party
yesterday, becoming the third congressional Democrat to
abandon the party since the GOP swept November's
The defection of Rep. Nathan Deal (D-Ga.), part of a
vanishing breed of conservative Democrats in the House,
strengthens the Republicans' hold on the South - a one
time Democratic stronghold that now has a GOP majority in
the House.
It is also a bad omen for Democrats with any hopes for
retaking control of the House in 1996. The Republican
margin over Democrats in the House is now 231-203, with Deal
one independent.
Deal, 52, was one of only four Democrats in the 11-member Georgia
delegation, and the only white Democratic member. As recently as last year,
Georgia had a seven-member Democratic majority: four white, three Black.

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Doctor may get
homicide charge
MILWAUKEE -- Honoring
Karin Smith's dying wish, an inquest
jury is recommending homicide
charges against those who misread
the Pap smears that could have saved
her life and that of another woman.
An expert testified that the laboratory
missed unmistakable signs of cancer.
The district attorney is expected
to decide this week whether to file
charges against the laboratory, a tech-
nician and the doctor in charge of the
lab in the case of Smith and Dolores
Geary, both of whom died of cervical
District Attorney E. Michael
McCann charged that the women were
victims of blatant errors.
The American Medical Associa-
tion said it knows of only one previ-
ous case in which criminal charges
were filed against a doctor for a mis-
take, and none against laboratories or
Smith died March 8 at age 29 after
Azerbaijan nixes
Iran's share in oil
MOSCOW-Bowing to U.S. pres-
sure, the former Soviet republic of
Azerbaijan has canceled Iran's 5 per-
cent share in a Western-led consortium
to develop vast offshore oil deposits in
the Caspian Sea.
The decision is a victory for the
Clinton administration in its campaign
to isolate Iran, which it accuses of
sponsoring terrorism, opposing Middle
East peace efforts, staging an arms
buildup and trying to develop nuclear
Administration officials have been
struggling to draft tougher economic
sanctions against Iran without inflict-
ing greater pain on U.S. companies
that would lose business under such
sanctions. At the same time, the
United States is leaning hard on vul-
nerable third parties, including Rus-
sia, to stop doing business with the
Islamic state.
Iran's exclusion from the biggest
joint energy venture in the former So-
viet Union - one committed to spend
$7.4 billion over 30 years to develop
reserves of about 4 billion barrels of oil
- came after intense U.S. lobbying of

asking McCann to launch the investi-
gation. She testified before a congres-
sional committee a year ago that she
was dying because her health mainte-
nance organization did not have the
Pap smears diagnosed correctly.
GOPAC reports $4K
raised in 3 months
WASHINGTON - The national
Republican political action commit-
tee controlled by House Speaker Newt
Gingrich (R-Ga.) reported one of its
most successful off-year fund-raising
periods yesterday, generating
$487,520 in three months and secur-
ing Gingrich's place as the hottest
money magnet on Capitol Hill.
GOPAC, the political action com-
mittee Gingrich has chaired since
1986, raised the money from 1,771
individuals across the country, most
of them small donors and several of
them wealthy repeat givers such as
Wisconsin businessman Terry Kohler,
who gave $70,000 on top of the more
than $700,000 he and his wife have
contributed since 1985.
the Azerbaijani government and some
of its 10 foreign partners.
Mexican chief dies,
fraud alleged
MEXICO CITY - President
Ernesto Zedillo faced a transportation
scandal yesterday as Mexico City's
transport chief was found dead from
gunshot wounds on the same day au-
thorities disclosed an alleged $8 mil-
lion in fraud involving the bankrupt
municipal bus system and its union.
Authorities investigated the appar-
ent suicide of Luis Miguel Moreno
while bus drivers thrown out of work
by the bankruptcy took to the streets to
protest the weekend roundup of a half
a dozen union leaders on warrants
stemming from a 4-year-old lawsuit.
The scandal has national repercus-
sions: Not only is the capital's gov-
ernment a federal agency, but the com-
bative bus driver's union has close ties
to leftist causes, including the rebels
in the southern state of Chiapas.
The scandal began to unravel Sat-
urday when city officials announced
that the Ruta 100 municipal bus sys-
tem was "no longer viable" and had
been bankrupted by mismanagement.
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