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e Michigan Daily

Vol. XCI, No. IS A

nn Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, May 6, 1981


Twenty-eight Pages

to rock

RIOTERS CLASHED WITH British police when violence broke out hours af-
ter the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. This hooded rioter
prepares to hurl a fire-bomb at security forces yesterday in Belfast. These
riots, the worst in the two weeks of trouble surrounding Sands' hunger strike,
have left at least 21 injured, three critically.
Nu rses ,union
vote expected
to end stri~ke

From AP and UPI
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - The
body of IRA hunger striker Bobby San-
ds was carried in the rain to his paren-
ts' home yesterday and hundreds filed
past his flag-draped pine coffin.
Catholic youths rioted for the second
straight night to protest his death.
Gangs of youths played hide-and-seek
with police in Catholic ghettos, darting
out of side streets to fire stones and
gasoline bombs at the armor-plated
AT LEAST 21 people were injured in
sporadic rioting in Belfast and
Protestant leaders tried to prevent the
street strife from spreading.
"We:'ll control our hotheads if you
curb yours," a paramilitary Protestant
group said in a message to Catholics.
But the level of violence fell short of
that predicted by those who said Sands'
death would bring on a civil war. At
midnight yesterday the Royal Ulster
Constabulary said, "Things have now
quieted down."
Margaret Thatcher stressed her
government's stand against terrorism
and said she would never grant political
status to convicted IRA prisoners,
which would amount to "a license to
kill. "
"Mr. Sands was a convicted criminal.
He chose to take his own life. It was a
choice his organization did not allow
any of their victims," she told a som-
ber House of Commons. Sands was
elected to the British Parliament on
April 9 during his hunger strike.

He died in support of demands that
convicted Irish nationalist guerrillas
wear their own clothes, do no prison
work, and freely associate-widely
regarded as amounting to political
The5-foot, 9-inch Sands, sentenced to
14 years in prison on a weapons
possession charge after a gunfight with
police in 1976, had dropped from 155
pounds to 85 during his fast.
"THE CASKET IS open. There's a lot
of weeping," said a man who stood
guard outside the gate of the Sands'
home and identified himself as a close
friend of Sands and an Irish Republican
Army sympathizer.
"He looks like an infant, very small
and very frail. It's really hear-
tbreaking, especially for his mother
and sister. I don't think I could go in
again," the man added.
Outraged American sympathizers
blamed British colonial rule as Sands'
killer and plotted retaliation to give
lasting meaning to his "fast unto
death" in Belfast's Maze prison.
WORKERS IN New York announced
a boycott of British goods and East
Coast dockworkers said they would
refuse to unload British ships.
"British colonial rule killed Bobby
Sands," said Martin Galvin, a
spokesman for the Irish Northern Aid
Committee in New York. "The Irish
American community is now aroused
and unified. We are militant."
Sands' burial is scheduled for
tomorrow at Milltown cemetery. Tens
of thousands of mourners are expected
to attend the graveside service.

The polls closed at two o'clock this
morning for a vote which could put an
official end to the three-week-long
strike of University nurses. Hospital
administrators and Professional Nurse
Council leaders both predict
ratification of the contract by the 1,100
member nurses union.
Last Thursday, tentative agreement
was reached between the University
administration and the Nurse Council,
and by Friday afternoon nurses began
reporting back for work, ending a
walkout that began April 8.
tract negotiations were to include
guarantees of no mandatory overtime
after '52 hours of work in a week, no
more than two shift changes per week
and no requirement to work the fourth

of six weekends. Also included was an
"economic package."
Although officials on both sides
refused to comment on the nature of the
tentative contract, unofficial sources
within the nurses' union said an
agreement was made to increase the
differences in wages between newly-
hired and veteran staff nurses.
However, the sources said that no
concrete agreement was made regar-
ding mandatory overtime, weekend
duty, or shift changes. The language in
the contract on these issues was in the
form: "we will endeavor to," one nurse
ANOTHER NURSE noted that it may
be hard for some nurses to see the long-
term advantages of the contract, but
that the role of the nurses in work-place
See OFFICIAL, Page 17

When classes stopped two weeks ago, the news didn't. Since
classes ended, and the Daily suspended publication, a former U.S.
president has visited the campus, thousands attended University
commencement ceremonies, and the suspect in the Bursley
shootings was arraigned and re-arraigned. For a complete roun-
dup of the major local news events that have happened since
classes ended last month, see pages 10 and 11.

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