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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 11, 1996


Liberia evacuation difficult amid fighting

WASHINGTON - U.S. military
helicopters evacuated 61 Americans and
more than 200 other foreigners from
Liberia yesterday, but officials said that
amid continuing fighting other Ameri-
cans are having difficulty reaching the
fortified U.S. Embassy compound
where the flights are originating.
With the capital of Monrovia still
tense despite a partly effective cease-
fire that began late Tuesday night, the
U.S. government pledged to evacuate
all Americans who want to leave civil-
war-torn Liberia.
"Our first priority is the evacuation
of American citizens," said State De-
partment spokesperson Nicholas Burns.
"We are assisting the nationals of other
countries on a space-available basis."

Burns said the U.S. Embassy, rein-
forced by a contingent of Navy SEAL
commandos, will remain open until all
American civilians who want to go
have been able to do so. After that, the
Clinton administration will decide
whether embassy staff should be evacu-
Six years of civil war in the poor
West African nation, which was founded
by freed American slaves, have killed
more than 150,000 people and left per-
haps 10 times that many homeless. But
U.S. officials have said there is no evi-
dence that the seven warring factions,
who until earlier this year were abiding
by a power-sharing arrangement in ad-
vance of elections, are targeting for-


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During the first 24 hours of the evacu-
ation, about 270 people, including 61
Americans, were flown to neighboring
Freetown, Sierra Leone, Burns said.
Permitted to take only one suitcase each,
they had to leave most of their personal
possessions behind.
Burns said many of the more than
400 Americans remaining in Liberia
have been unable to reach the em-
"Obviously people are safer, some-
times, staying in their homes ... rather
than trying to make the trek to the
embassy," Burns said.
"We believe that all Americans are
safe and we want to make sure that they
remain safe."
Burns said U.S. Ambassador Will-
iam Milman reported in a cable to Wash-
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ington that it is impossible to determine
whether the cease-fire has taken hold,
and he characterized the situation in
Monrovia as "tense."
The Pentagon was ferrying evacu-
ees to Freetown in 25-passenger heli-
copters because Monrovia's airport is
too badly damaged to handle large
Burnssaid the slow pace ofthe evacu-
ation seems adequate for now, because
all Americans in the country appear to
be safe.
Burns said that the embassy staff
knows where most of them are but has
no plans, at present, to send military
teams out to help them reach the com-
pound. The contingent of 18 SEALs
is needed for embassy security, offi-
cials said.


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to refund their board fees each week.
The only open dining hall functions on
a cash-only basis.
Union workers picket every day
on campus, but are banned from ac-
tually picketing on university prop-
"They have rallies every day at 8:30
a.m. outside residence halls that wake
up the students," said Rebecca Smullin,
a Yale sophomore.
Smullin said the strike has caused
building managers to assume cleaning
duties. She said residence hall bath-
rooms are now cleaned about twice a
The unions asked Yale professors to
move their classes off campus during
the strike.
Numerous professors have moved
their classes, unwilling to cross picket
lines. They now pay anywhere from
$35 to $100 per use of non-university
buildings for class sessions.
Smullin said the non-university build-
ings are within walking distance ofregu-
lar lecture halls. Professors said they
have noticed a drop in attendance after
the moves and admit conditions are
"I hate it," said Prof. Doron Ben-
Atar. "The students hate it. There are
no desks to write on. The students
have legitimate concerns. Those are
circumstances that stem from my be-
"I know a lot of people who haven't
gone to class because they didn't know
where the lecture was," Yale first-year
student Laura Cinski told The Yale
Daily News.

A recent poll of 892 Yale under-
graduates conducted by The Yale Daily
News revealed that 25.9 percent of stu-
dents identified themselves as neutral
about the strike. Another 20 percent
said they were undecided about the
Some of the students said they have
very strong feelings about the strike
and support the unions wholeheart-
Thirty-one students were arrested
Monday after they refused to leave the
sit-in they were staging in Yale Presi-
dent Richard Levin's office.'
The students are members of the Stu-
dent Labor Action Coalition, a group
formed to support the unions. Nine stu-
dents waited in the office and another
22 protested outside. The students were
asked to leave peacefully by campus
police, but declined.
All 31 face misdemeanor charges of
obstructing free passage or criminal
trespassing. They are scheduled to ap-
pear in court April 19.
SLAC members are trying to orga-
nize students to bring a class-action
lawsuit against Yale for non-delivery
of services. They are also trying toget
students to withhold next fall's tu-
ition from Yale until an agreement is
Other students have boycotted their
classes and have attempted to disrupt
Yale fund-raising and recruitment to
show their support of the unions.
The unions and the administration
are arguing over several major propos-
als including alternative work, subcon-
tracting, a two-tiered wage system and
health care.
The university offered a compromise
proposal in early March, but Charoff
said the proposal, although greatly

History of the Strike
The recent arrests at Yale University
come during the union workers'
struggle, which began last year.
November 1995 - Contract talks
February 1996 - Existing contract
February 7, 1996 - First strike
March 6f 1996 - First strike ends
March 27, 1996 -- Second strike
April 8, 1996 - 31 student
supporters arrested
modifying the administration's origi-
nal position, still creates huge prob
Conroy said Yale has tried very hard
to come to an agreement. "Yale is an
exemplary employer, offering excel-
lent wages and willing to compromise,"
Conroy said.
Conroy said the unions have close to
100 proposals.
"Acceptance of these proposals
would add $50 million to the Yale
budge each year," Conroy said. 1
"That's a PR line. Ifa proposal has an
'and' in it, it counts as two ... I'm not
sure how they get $50 million,"Charnoff
"The university says we ought to be
willing to sacrifice our future security
for the good of the education of Yale
students," Charnoff said.
"That's a convenient disguise for the
bottom-line money-making mentality.
Yale is not in financial trouble." e
No bargaining talks are schedule
until April 19. The Yale Daily News
contributed to this report.

Passengers leave from a transport helicopter yesterday at Lungi Airport in Free
Town, Sierra Leone, after being evacuated by U.S. soldiers from Monrovia, Liberia
as part of Operation Assured Response.

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