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Page 4-Wednesday, August 12, 1981-The Michigan Daly
Demonstrators stage
sit-ins against bomb
THE HAGUE, Netherlands by a U.S. atomic bomb at the end,
(AP)-Three hundred demonstrators World War II.
staged sit-ins yesterday at six em- Other bands of youths held peacef
bassies, including the American and sit-ins in the lobbies of the West Ge
Soviet missions, proclaiming "a man and Spanish embassies and ou
renewal of the European movement side the Soviet, Italian, and Fren
against the neutron bomb." missions. They delivered letterst
At the request of U.S. Charge d'Af- diplomats calling for each nation to e,
fairs Thomas Dunnigan, police carried its role in the nuclear arms race.
about 50 young protesters from the THE SIT-INS were organized by tI
front steps of the American Embassy Sixth International Peace Marc
in the Dutch diplomatic capital and holding its annual gathering in tt
moved them behind a nearby police Netherlands this year. Organizer Her
barricade. Geist said about 900 members are car
MARINE GUARDS sealed the em- ped near Beilen close to the West Ge
bassy for an hour and a half during the man border, conducting protes
protest against the Reagan ad- around the country.
ministration's decision to build the "This is one of the first signs of
neutron weapon-a nuclear warhead renewal in the European moveme
designed for use on howitzer shells and against the neutron bomb, and a sign
missiles that would kill people with high a more intense opposition against tt
radiation while doing minimal damage NATO cruise missiles as well," he sa
to buildings. in an interview.
The fewsdiplomats who entered the He scoffed at U.S. assurances that tf
building had to step through an open neutron weapon will be produced b
coffin in the narrow pathway through a not deployed in Europe, saying: "%
crowd of protesters from 12 nations, don't believe that because it's a tactic
who carried placards saying "We want weapon, you have to use it on ba
to live-disarmament now!" and "1984, tlefields. And the battlefield will I
a new Euroshima"-a play on the word Europe."
Hiroshima, the Japanese city destroyed.


Soviets seek ban on
outer. space weapons,

MOSCOW (AP)- The Soviet Union
said yesterday it will seek a United
Nations ban on all weapons in outer
space, including any that could be
carried aloft by the U.S. space shuttle
A letter to U.N. Secretary-General
Kurt Waldheim from Foreign Minister'
Andrei Gromyko asked that the
General Assembly consider the
proposal at its 36th session this fall, the
official news agency Tass said.
GROMYKO'S letter said that
although existing international
agreements on the peaceful use of outer
space forbid weapons of "mass an-
nihilation there they do not cover all

weapons. As a result of this, the risk of
militarization of outer space has been
maintained and recently increased."
"The Soviet Union believes this can-
not be tolerated. It is in favor of keeping
outeraspace clean and free of any
weapons for all time ...
A Tass commentary on the letter said
the treaty would outlaw all types of
weapons in outer space, "including also
on manned spaceships of multiple use
of the existing type and of the types that
might appear in the future"-a clear
reference to the reuseable U.S. shuttle,
which made its inaugural flight last

In Brief
Compiled from Associated Press and
- United Press International reports
Iran leader blasts Mitterrand
BEIRUT, Lebanon- Iran's new president, angered by a congratulatory
telegram from Francois Mitterrand yesterday, called the French president
a liar and accused him of turning France into a "center of hell."
In a lengthy, vitriolic telegram broadcast over Tehran Radio, President
Mohammand Ali Rajai denounced France for harboring Iranian ex-
President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr and for selling fighter jets to Iraq.
His scorching response to Mitterrand's message of election
congratulations said France had become "a second America" by granting
asylum to Rajai's arch-foe and deposed predecessor Bani-Sadr on July 29.
Kania will 'muster forces'
to stop street protests
WARSAW, Poland- Communist leaders, warning of the "largest national
tragedy;" said yesterday they would take stiff steps to stop street protests
for more food and economic reforms. The Solidarity union asked Roman
Catholic Archbishop Jozef Glemp to mediate between the union and gover-
"We must muster all forces to bring to a halt as soon as possible the
process of deterioration in the situation, to counteract the acute difficulties
felt by each and every Polish family," Communist Party Chief Stanislaw
Kania told a Central Committee emergency session,
Solidarity officials said unionists in Lublin went on strike alert yesterday.
Four other regions are already on strike alert, but the union has asked
restraint from more protests pending outcome of the Gdansk meeting.
Air Force prepares to
transfer deadly nerve gas
DENVER- Two Air Force C-141 transport planes were parked yesterday
on a remote runway here as the Army prepared to transfer 888 deadly nerve
gas bombs from Colorado to permanent storage in the Utah desert.
The controversial and twice-delayed transfer of the Weteye bombs was
scheduled to begin this week, the Army said. But officials declined for what
they said were security and safety reasons to make public the dates and
times of the flights.
Each of the bombs contains 346 pounds of GB nerve agent, a colorless,
odorless liquid that kills by blocking nerve paths in the body. A drop of the
liquid on the skin or inhalation of vaporized GB agent can be fatal within
Air controller says co-workers
plotted collision course
ST. LOUIS- An'attorney for the air traffic controllers union said yester-
day the group will appeal an $815,000 verdict awarded to a controller who
said other controllers put two planes on a collision course to harass him.
Senior U.S. District Judge Roy Harper Monday ordered the union to pay
$165,000 in compensatory damages and $650,000 in punitive damages to Taso
Anthan, a former controller at Lambert Field in St. Louis.
Harper ruled in June 1980 that the union, the Professional Air Traffic Con-
trollers Organization, was guilty of "outrageous conduct and intentionally or
recklessly causing severe emotionalidistress" to Anthan.
Anthan, 41, alleged the union and some of its former officers in St. Louis
harassed him because he disagreed with their attitudes toward the Federal
Aviation Administration, which employs the controllers.
As part of the harassment, Anthan charged that another controller, who
was a union official, deliberately directed a Frontier Airlines plane toward
the airspace above Lambert Field occupied by a Trans World Airlines plane
Anthan was directing.
Navy ship threatened by
'wild men' in India
NEW DELHI, India- An Indian navy ship stood guard yesterday over 31
sailors aboard a grounded freighter in the stormy Bay of Bengal threatened
by "wild men" brandishing spears and bows and arrows.
The Taiwanese captain and crewmembers of the Panamanian-registered
Primrose had been marooned since Aug. 2 when the 16,000-ton ship struck a
coral reef and went aground off North Sentinel Island in the Andamans
The islands, located about 600 miles southeast of Calcutta, are inhabited
by aborigines and former convicts of a penal colony.
Capt. Liu Chunglong radioed an SOS to the shipping company in Hong
Kong Monday saying his ship was threatened by angry "wild island people
carrying spears and arrows" and asked for help or an airdrop of weapons so
the crew could defend themselves,

Hospital project cost hike
rejected by health agency

(Continuedfrom Page 1)
Blue Cross-Blue Shield also objects to
the cost increase because, the
statement said, "The economic im-
plications of the amendment exceed
those of the original proposal, when the
annualized increase in statewide
hospital operating expenses was expec-
ted to be almost one percent because of
the University Hospital replacement."
University Chief Financial Officer
James Brinkerhoff said, "We do not
believe that the hospital has that high
an impact" on hospital operating costs
because part of the funding for the
hospital will come from Michigan tax-
payers, and not entirely from the health
care system. The Blue Cross-Blue
Shield figure does not take into account
the state's share 'of the cost,
Brinkerhoff said.
ANOTHER member, Cynthia John-
son, objected to the increase because if
the University is not able to cover the
cost witht e, 1402 il iton~in state-issued
bonds, "the burden falls back on the

taxpayer," she said.
Dr. William Mays blasted the
proposed need for an ambulatory care
center. "Let's bury the myth that am-
bulatory care cuts hospital costs-it's a
marketing technique to keep hospital
beds full. The cost is far in excess of
what could be done in a physician's of-
THE $210 MILLION ceiling includes a
15 percent allowance for inflation costs,
but CHPC-SEM supporters of the cost
increase, University officials, and other
supporters who spoke at the meeting at-
tributed part of the need for the in-
crease to inflation.
The rest of the money that would
come from the proposed increase will
go to renovations, the new ambulatory
care facility, and related construction
costs. The state Department of Public
Health recommended that the Univer-
sity seek the increase because it
believes these portions of the project
are essential, according to Bremer.

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