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The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 25, 1980-Page 5

Ti seb plan
denounced
by F erency
4 y
Vietnamese
offensive
sends Pol
Pot troops
retreating
ARANYAPRATHET, Thailand (AP)
-After pounding defenders with an
all-night mortar and rocket barrage,
Vietnamese troops yesterday captured
t the Malai Hill stronghold of Pol Pot's
guerrillas, Thai military sources said.
It was a key victory in Hanoi's cam-
paign against the ousted Cambodian
leader.
Vietnamese forces backed by tanks
and artillery capped their month-long
battle for Malai Hill with an assault
that forced the guerrillas to retreat
more than a mile farther south into
Cambodia, the sgurces said.
NO CASUALTY FIGURES were
available and it was not known if the
Vietnamese pursued the guerrillas to
their new stand in another hilly frontier
area.
The Vietnamese offensive was aimed
at crushing the guerrilla resistance,
which has peristed since Vietnam for-
ced the communist Pol Pot out of
Phnom Penh in January 1979 and in-
stalled the pro-Hanoi communist
regime of Heng Samrin.
The Pol Pot soldiers-said to number
about 40,000-pursue a guerrilla-style
war that calls for retreats when out-
numbered and attacks when the enemy
is weak.
MORTAR FIRE FROM the Cam-
bodian border battle area south of this
town fell in Thailand, wounding three
Thai soldiers and two villagers Thur-
sday, the sources said.
The Thai military said Vietnames
bombarded the area around 1,000-foot-
high Malai Hill with rockets and mor-
tars throughout the night Wednesday
and gained control Thursday.
Thai troops at the border were aler-
ted against a spillover of the fighting in-
to Thailand in areas of the frontier
where sporadic shellings have followed
the June 23 Vietnamese offensive.
The start of the offensive, north of
Aranyaprathet in an area controlled by
various anti-communist "Free Khmer"
groups, brought Vietnamese into Thai
territory and prompted a speed-up of
U.S. military aid to Thailand.

LANSING (UPI)-The Tisch tax-cutting amend-
ment is constitutionally defective and should be kept
off the November ballot, attorney Zolton Ferency told
election officials yesterday.
In a related development; legislative figures said it
is highly unlikely lawmakers would take advantage
of an apparent loophole which would enable them to
raise taxes in the period after the amendment passed
but before it took effect.
FERENCY, A MICHIGAN State University
professor of criminal justice and former guber-
natorial candidate, has asked Secretary of State
Richard Austin, the Board of State Canvassers and
Elections Director George Herstek to keep the
proposed amendment off the ballot on the grounds it
fails to outline all sections of the state Constitution it
would alter.
The tax-cutting amendment proposed by
Shiawassee County Drain' Commissioner Robert

Tisch and the Constitution "just don't jive," Ferency
said.
IF APPROVED BY voters, the Tisch amendment
would cut property assessments in half while giving
the state little means of making up lost revenue.
In his letter to Austin, Ferency said the Tisch
petitions "fail to state the existing provisions of the
Constitution which would be altered or abrogated by
such proposal if adopted."
The canvassers are in the process of certifying the
410,000 signatures Tisch submitted to place his
proposal on the November ballot. Ferency said he
will take his challenge to court if the board, Austin or
Herstek refuse to invalidate the amendment.
Herstek said no action would be taken on Ferency's
request for several weeks.
Ferency said the Tisch amendment requires 60 per
cent voter approval for passage of a tax increase
without altering a constitutional provision allowing
referendums to pass on a simple majority.

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