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Page 14-Wednesday, May 21, 1980-
Georgian
racial
violence
prompts
call for
inquiries
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. '(AP) - Civil
rights leaders called yesterday for
federal and state investigations into
racial violence in this east-central
Georgia community after three persons
were shot and 38 arrested in the latest
outbreak.
Meanwhile, an Atlanta attorney who
sought to meet with those still in jail af-
ter the arrests was taken into custody
after scuffling with the sheriff.
THE REV. Ted Clark of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference
charged at a news conference in Atlan-
ta that state troopers and sheriff's
deputies stood by as whites attacked
and beat a black leader in Wrightaville
on Monday.
Johnson County Sheriff Roland At-
taway, target of civil rights demon-
strations in this community of 2,100,
denied a beating occurred.
Clark and state Rep. Billy McKinney
also complained to members of the
governor's office staff yesterday that
Attaway violated the rights of those
arrested by failing to file charges
against them.
Reber Boult, one of three attorneys
attempting to meet with the blacks at
the county jail, was arrested after the
scuffle in the sheriff's office. He was
charged with interfering with a police
officer, authorities said.
Attaway refused the three lawyers
permission to meet with the prisoners,
saying his deputies had not finished
questioning them.

A FLORIDA NATIONAL Guardsman holds four young people at bay Monday as rioting continued in Miami for the third
straight day. The city was quiet last night but police are continuing to keep a close watch on areas where 20 persons
have died.
Miriot 'uder control;'
nighttime crew remains

From AP and UPI
MIAMI-Miami's riot-scarred
neighborhoods were declared "under
control" and downtown merchants
reopened shuttered shops yesterday,
but a night-time curfew remained in ef-
fect after three nights of racial violence
that claimed 15 lives and damaged $100
million in property.
In Tampa, 250 miles away, police said
black teenagers prowling city streets
Monday night and early yesterday
stoned cars and looted stores. Angry
slogans were spray-painted on univer-
sity buildings.
IN MIAMI, U.S. Attorney General
Benjamin Civiletti announced that a

task force would be set up to investigate
allegations of official brutality and civil
rights violations that are blamed, in
part, for discontent in the black com-
munity. He said up to 35 officials, in-
cluding FBI agents, prosecutors, and
marshals would either be hired or tran-
sferred to Miami.
With the streets quieter, authorities
shortened the night-time curfew by two
hours, leaving it in effect from 10 p.m.
to 6a.m. Police said a ban on liquor and
firearms sales would remain in effect
for the troubled areas indefinitely.
Miami police, reinforced by 3,600
National Guardsmen and 200 highway
patrolman, arrested 200 people Monday
night, mostly on minor charges such as
violating the dusk-to-dawn curfew.
That brought the total arrested since
Saturday night to 936. No trouble was
reported last night.
SOME LAW OFFICERS feared
whites might try to retaliate.
"There's a lot of upset people," said

Dade County Sgt. Scott Partridge.
"There are businesses burned down
and looted, inventories wiped out."
"Whenever there's an action, there's
a reaction," he said.
"Yeah, I'm scared."
GOV. BOB GRAHAM said last night
that he had asked President Carter to
declare Dade County a disaster area.
Graham said federal help was needed
to provide low-interest loans to rebuild
damaged businesses and to provide
food and temporary shelter.
Civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks
said in Miami yesterday that race riots
are "a possibility in every city in this
country." He said deteriorating
economic conditions and proposed
federal budget cutbacks could push
frustrations to the breaking point in in-
ner cities across the country.
Prominent blacks, including former
U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and
the Rev. Jesse Jackson, continued their
pleas for quiet yesterday.

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IN LATIN AMERICA
May 21-7:30 p.m.: CUBA
Members from the first "Christians for Socialism" delega-
tion from the U.S. to Cuba present the slide show, "Cuba,
Revolution of Promise and Challenge." The show includes a
brief Cuban history, information on economic planning and
social institutions and insights on the role of Christians in the
revolution.
PLACE: Lounge of St. Mary's - Newman Center
Corner of William and Thompson
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-Interfaith Council for Peace
-Ann Arbor Committee for Human Rights in Latin America
-Office of Ethics and Religion
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