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TheMichigan Daily - Thursday, January 30, 1997 - 5A

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The Washington Post
LIMA, Peru-Amid mounting signs
of Japanese misgivings, the leaders of
Japan and Peru agreed yesterday to hold
a summit conference in Canada to dis-
cuss how best to handle the prolonged
hostage crisis at the Japanese ambas-
sador's residence in Lima.
The meeting between President
lberto Fujimori and Japan's Prime
Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, set for
Saturday in Toronto, follows expres-
sions of concern by Japanese officials
here and in Tokyo over heavy Peruvian
police activity recently around the resi-
dence, where hostages have been held
captive by leftist guerrillas for 43 days.
The official residence has been the
focus of Peru's security forces since the
*ght of Dec. 17, when rebels from the
Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement
stormed the residence and began their
occupation. But police activity has
increased dramatically in the last week.
It now includes regular and very visible
patrols by heavily armed convoys, gen-
erating fears for the safety of 72
hostages still held captive.
This new aggressiveness has clearly
perturbed the Japanese government and
sulted in two separate but very direct
alIs for Peru to cease activities that
may provoke a hostile response. Instead
of yielding, Peru on Monday answered

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used the word," Williman said.' I meant
no offense in saying it. It was not a
derogatory term."
Isabelle said he has worked at the
University for 13 years as a custodian
with building services and as a resi-
dence hall cook. He said he was taking
classes at Washtenaw County
Community College while working at
the Dental School, but had to stop
attending after he was fired.
Atkins, who also testified yesterday
afternoon, described the atmosphere sur-
rounding the day she was fired for

allegedly forging time cards. She said she
hurt her back while lifting "heavy" bas-
kets of dental instruments, causing her to
leave work early Nov. 29, 1994 - an
incident that eventually led to her firing.
"I was just in so much pain,"Atkins
said. "I didn't want want to leave Dawn
and Delano with all that work. I did as
much as I could.
Atkins said Isabelle walked her to
her car and she went home without
changing her time card, an action that
led to her initial suspension.
The case will resume for its fourth
day of testimony at 8 a.m. today.
-Daily Staff Reporter Jenni Yachnin
contributed to this report.

A soldier stands by an armed car outside the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Lima, Peru, yesterday. Tupac Amaru
rebels are holding 72 hostages inside the residence, which they seized Dec.17.

one such plea from Japan by sending
out its largest display of force to date
and provoking a volley of shots from
within the residence.
In addition to increasing tension
around the captured residence and
alarming the government of Japan, the
police tactics have forced the
International Committee of the Red
Cross to substantially reduce the
amount of time it spends monitoring the
remaining hostages.
Red Cross officials emphasized that
the hostages are still receiving neces-
sary care and attention, particularly
from doctors who visit twice a day. But
the tact that the organization's delegates

are no longer on the site continuously
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., as they were
from almost the beginning of the crisis,
has altered life inside the residence and
may adversely affect the outlook of cap-
Asked what psychological repercus-
sions the reduced schedule has had on
the hostages, Red Cross spokesperson
Steven Anderson said: "It has some
effects. To what degree, it is difficult to
establish completely. ... We continue to
do the job, but maybe not as well as we
would like. It is satisfactory, but it is not
The change in the Red Cross sched-
ule, which went into effect late last

week but is only now being revealed, is
one result of the Peruvian government's
new aggressiveness in regard to the
ambassador's compound.
To what degree this has complicated
relations between Japan and Peru was
not known. But the fact that Hashimoto
and Fujimori are scheduled to meet -
the announcement was made in Tokyo
and confirmed later yesterday here -
prompted all kinds of speculation on
what it portended.
Domingo Palermo, the Peruvian gov-
ernment envoy in the crisis, said during
a brief press appearance that the aim of
the meeting is to evaluate a "strategy"
to deal with the crisis.

Continued from Page 1A
play's character, Ralphie, because he
was so much like himself.
"Ralphie was experiencing the same
frustrations, fears, and hopes that I
felt," Nimoy said.
Anthony Scaglione, chair of the
Hillel Governing Association, said he
found Nimoy's comparisons valid and
"I think the talk really enlightened
the crowd about the intricacies of
Spock and how some of those intrica-
cies are revealed in his Jewish tradi-
tion," Scaglione said.
Nimoy said the re-occurring theme
of the importance of honor attracted
him to the role of Spock.
"I knew this would be a character of
great dignity," Nimoy said.
Nimoy said Spock's ongoing inter-
nal conflict made the character inter-
"Humans have emotions and are
emotional. Vulcans have emotion and
are not emotional," Nimoy said.
"Spock had to find his own identity."
Nimoy gave the example of the

famous Vulcan hand-greeting as a
detail of Vulcans he extracted from the
Jewish religion.
"It is the hand gesture the rabbi gives
at the moment when everyone is sup-
posed to be looking down and the spirn
it of God is about to enter the sanctu-
ary,' Nimoy said.
Students said they were fascinated by
this relationship between the Jewish
religion and the Vulcan symbol.
"It's something that I don't think
many people know about," said LSA
first-year student Elana Levine.
Many in the crowd were noticeably
awestruck by Nimoy's presence.
"It was interesting because people
follow Star Trek like a religion," said
Rabbi Rich Kirschen said. "People
name their children after Star Trek."
After his speech, Nimoy answered
questions, which turned into a Star Trek
"People were offering gifts and ask-
ing for birthday wishes," Scaglione
"I really wanted to hear him talk
about the Ferengi," English Prof.
Michael Szalay said, referring to the
alien species from Star Trek.


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