The Michigan Daily-=Saturday, August 2,1980-Page 7
CITY REJECTS OUTSIDE HELP
Riot police keep
From AP and UPI
ORLANDO, Fla.-City officials rejected offers of Roving groups of young bl
state and federal law-enforcement assistance yester- nmber plce t police at 10
day, but kept hundreds of riot-equipped police on and po fice with rocks and bottle
alert in the event of another flareup of racial violen- occarrying nightsticks, Mace and
efirebombings and cordoned-off downtown section,
After a third straight night of fieobnsad In making the police presence
rock- and bottle-throwing in the central Florida city, d m ping p cic re
Mayor Carl Langford and police officials said they do was employing a tactic sin
were optimistic the worst was over, rioting in the Liberty City area
THEY DECIDED AGAINST imposing a curfew, at- A similar outburst in Chattanoo
tr'ibuting the disturbances to a few troublemakers
and "outside agitators." was quieted when black minisi
"We have a fine police department that can handle borhood peace patrols to take th
the situation," said Langford, dealing with the first "IF YOU LOOK at what hap
racial disturbances in his 14 years as Orlando's these things seem to run about t
down," said Hutcheon.
Langford turned down offers of aid from state of- Orlando's violence began sh
ficials in Tallahassee and the U.S. Justice Depar- caedy wh police rom
tment in Atlanta. charged with stealing $600 from
"WE DON'T JAVE a crystal ball, but we're man. Young blacks immedia
prepared for any contingency," said a spokesman for hurling rocks at passing cars at
Police Chief James Nursey, who toured the area at fronts.
mid-day and conferred with black ministers and Police estimated about 30 arre
other community leaders. four injuries" Thursday night an
Official calls Arafat
disclaimer an attempt
to deceive Europe
acks-with the total
0 to 150-pelted cars
es Thhrsday night. An
ky as helmeted police;
shotguns, patrolled a
four to a cruiser.
e more visible, Orlan-
nilar to that used by
enewed outbreak of
of Miami last month.
ga, Tenn., last month
ters organized neigh-
e place of police.
pened in other cities,
three days, then wind
ortly after midnight
ed a black woman
the pocket of a white
ately responded by
nd breaking out store
sts and "just three or
d early yesterday.
ONE OF THOSE slightly hurt was Orange County
Sheriff Melvin Colman, who was in a car with Public
Safety Director Howard McClain when rocks shat-
tered the front windshield and rear left window.
"It just scared the hell out of me," said the sheriff,
who was cut on the left cheek. "I was more concerned
about my eyes."
McClain was not injured.
Property damage from Thursday night's distur-
bances appeared limited to several shattered win-
dows and the firebombing of a boarded-up liquor
store, which police officers quickly brought under
control. Fire Chief J. B. Hobby said no estimate had
been made of total property damage.
Police Lt. Pete Hutcheon said there was "a general
optimism, but no real indication one way or the other
about what to expect over the weekend." But, he said,
"We have everyone on stand-by, ready to -handle
anything that comes up."
Officials said an estimated 400 police and sheriff's
deputies, aided by Florida Highway Patrol troopers,
could be used in an emergency. But the largest num-
ber of police officers on the scene at any one time has
been estimated at 150.
TEV AVIV, Israel (AP)-Palestinian
guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat's
statement in an interview that his
Fatah organization has not resolved to
liquidate Israel is a "deliberate attem-
pt to mislead Europe," a senior Foreign
Ministry officialsaid yesterday.
The International Herald Tribune
published the interview Thursday.
ARAFAT WAS QUOTED as saying a
resolution calling for liquidation of "the
Zionist entity politically, economically,
militarily, and ideologically" was
merely a proposal. He said it was sent
to a committee at a meeting of Al
Fatah, Arafat's central power base in
the PLO, in Damascus, Syria, in late
The Israeli official said Arafat gave
the interview now because some
European nations, such as Austria
which recognized the PLO last year,
were reconsidering their positions in
light of reports from the Fatah con-
Israel was outraged in June when the
European Common Market called for
PLO participation in Middle East peace
negotiations. The Israelis viewed
Fatah's hard-line resolution in
Damascus as a clear indication the
PLO could not be a partner in peace
THE FOREIGN MINISTRY official,
who was not identified, said the
Damascus resolution was reaffirmed
by Fatah spokesman in recent inter-
views and was broadcast on the PLO's
Voice of Palestine radio.
- The official said PLO observers at the
United Nations didn't refute the
resolution when shown an Israeli ver-
sion prior to Arafat's statement Thur-
An Israeli Foreign Ministry
spokesman, Naftali Lavie, added: "We
are concerened that the Europeans will
believe what PLO leaders say in public
instead of what they say when they're
at home among themselves."
IN ISRAEL'S VIEW, the Damascus
conference reasserted the PLO's desire
to replace Israel with a Palestinian
Arab state and showed that the PLO's
diplomatic drive to prelsent an image
of moderation is a ruse.
Gaston Thorn of Luxembourgh,
president of the Common Market's
council of foreign ministers, completed
a one-day visit to explore Israel's
negative reaction to the Common
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