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TheMihiganboify-Thursday; July 9,1981--Page 5

Death of fifth
hunger striker
sparks more
Irish riots

From AP and UPI
BELFAST, Northern Ireland-Rioters attacked
British troops and police with firebombs, bullets and
grenades yesterday after the death of the fifth Irish
nationalist hunger striker in two months.
Joe McDonnel, 30, an Irish Republican Army
guerrilla, died in the hospital wing of the Maze Prison
before dawn yesterday, his 61st day without food, the
British government said.
IN THE WEST Belfast rioting, police killed John
Dempsey with a single shot when he and other youths
rammed a hijacked van into the gates of a bus station
and attacked security forces with crates of gasoline

Security patrols came under random sniper fire
and gasoline bomb attacks and a policeman and two
soldiers were slightly hurt in a bombexplosion.
Sinn Fein, the IRA's political arm, said McDonnel
"was murdered by the British government because
he refused to surrender his principles as an Irish
In Dublin, Prime Minister Garret Fitzgerald of the
Irish republic told Parliament that McDonnel's death
"should not be used on any account" as a way to
prevent a solution to the hunger strike crisis. He said
both the British and the hunger strikers had modified
their positions in the past few days, and that the
mediation effort was "at an advanced stage."

Taiwanese here say death is 'a warning'

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victed in Jan. 1981 and sentenced to 14
years imprisonmentf according to
Mark Perrusquia of The Minnesota
Daily, the campus newspaper.
Perrusquia said people have been ac-
cusing the Taiwanese of spying for
many years, and added that once it was
brought to the attention of a University
of Minnesota Vice-president but "they
couldn't make a case" because of the
nature of allegations and the complain-
tants fear of being identified.
NEVERTHELESS, when guaranteed
anonymity, the Taiwanese independen-
ts are prolific speakers against the
government which one student
described as being worse than a dic-
"Dictatorship seems to be too good a
word for them," he said. The group of
eight students said they were sure the
government was involved in the death
of Chen. When asked what advantage
the government would have in killing
Chen, several persons responded-each
with the same reason.
"There is a saying in Chinese," said
one student from Hong Kong, "when
you kill one you can warn 100." Another
said: "It's a warning to every student
here-don't open your mouth, just keep
it shut."
THE STUDENTS said they were still
perplexed why the government
allegedly singled out Chen. One added,
"It seems the least the University could
do is to launch an investigation into the
KMT group which is responsible" for
Carnegie Mellon President Richard
Cyert said he believes that Chen's death
was politically motivated and that "on-
ce the safety of Mrs. Chen and her child
is guaranteed, I intend to press hard for
a thorough investigation of Prof. Chen's
According to an article in the Central
Daily News, the KMT party paper in
Taipei, Chen was interviewed for ap-
proximately 12 hours by the "Central
Garrison Command" on July 2, the day
before he was found dead near the
graduate library of the University of
FRIENDS WHO know Chen at the
University said he was not politically
active but he had been "openly
critical" of the dictatorship of the
nationalist Chinese government" in
private conversations.
The group of Taiwanese had no doubt
there were secret KMT agents at the
University and were willing to supply a
list of suspects, most of whom they said
work through a campus student group
called the "Free China Student

A former official at the FCSA, who
emphasized his wish to remain
anonymous, also said there are agents
working in the group but he didn't want
to give their names. "I THINK there
are one or two," he said. "I know at
least one."
An official of the Free China Student
Association, Shien-Ming Chuong, flatly
denied the allegations of the presence of
secret KMT agents in his organization.
"That's ridiculous," he said of the
suggested link.
"IT'S ONLY a student organization,"
he said. "I don't know who told you this
information." Chuong then wanted the
names of the accusers.
"If you can get me his name, tell me.
If he was true (sic) he would release his
Upon further questioning, Chuong
said, "I think The Michigan Daily - I
think you - are prejudiced. If you want
to report on Chen Wen-Chen, talk to
When reminded Chen was dead, he
retorted, "I know that."
Chuong, whQ said he had met Chen
three years ago, said he thought Chen
was "very interested in socialism."
According to history Prof. Ernest
Young at the University's Center for
Chinese Studies, the Chinese nationalist
government is "certainly
"It's basically a one-party state.
Whoever runs the KMT party runs the
state," Young said and added that they
modeled the structure of the party after
the Soviet system.
TAIWAN IS a police state where
there is martial law, said Young. "The
military and police operate without any
restraints." He said that political mat-
ters are treated outside constitutional
Much of the tension results from the
government's worry about the op-
position group. There are two main
ethnic groups on the island-one the
native Taiwanese, and the other the
refugees from the mainland. According
to Young, about 80 percent of the

FORMER UNIVERSITY STUDENT Chen Wen-Chen, who was found dead in
Taiwan Friday, stands with his wife in a 1977 snapshot.

population are native Taiwanese, while
the remaining 20 percent mainlander
refugees govern the island.,
The native Taiwanese want a
representative government with
proportionate power, said Young, who
has made several visits to the country.
Right now, they have elections but they

don't include the chief officers, only
minor local assemblies, he said.
When asked about the possibility of
KMT student agents surveying the ac-
tivities of Taiwanese at American
universities, Young replied that he
"wouldn't be surprised" if there were

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