The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, August4, 1982-Page 5
SANDINISTAN GOVERNMENT MEETS INCREASING OPPOSITION
Unrest grows in Nicaragua
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP)- Three years after
the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship, opposition
to Nicaragua's Sandinista leadership is growing, and
the few dissident leaders left in the country say the
government is becoming isolated and unpopular.
The Sandinista National Liberation Front, which
deposed Anastasio Somoza in July 1979, has not called
for elections and a state of emergency has been in ef-
fect for five months. ,
THE GOVERNMENT says the emergency is
justified by a threat from the United States.
"The political space has been reduced gradually
while the repression increases," said Adan Fletes,
president of the Christian Democratic Party. .
His party still has a representative on the,
legislative State Council, but the 47-member body's
power has been abrogated for the most part by the
Sandinistas. Fletes says many party youth leaders
have been arrested and held incomunicado without
charges since the state of emergency began.
NICARAGUA is ruled by a three-member San-
dinista-appointed junta-Daniel Ortega, Sergio
Ramirez and Rafael Cordova. Ortega also is on the
nine-member Sandinista directorate, which foreign
analysts say functions as a government by commit-
"We feel we are moving towards a Marxist-
Leninist concept of government," said Reynaldo
Hernandez, national president of the Superior Coun-
cil of Private Enterprise, the equivalent of the cham-
ber of commerce.
He and other leaders of the organization were
jailed earlier this year for criticizing the gover-
nment's economic policies, a violation of the social
and economic emergency laws.
THE SANDINISTA National Liberation Front's lef-
tist politics, close friendship with Cuba and other
socialist countries and its strong support of leftist
guerrillas'in neighboring El Salvador have created
many enemies at home.
They have also earned the antagonism of the
The state of emergency, which suspends many in-
dividual and press rights, has been extended through
the end of the year to combat, the government says,
the "systematic aggression of the coun-
SANDINISTA leaders acknowledge the existence
of domestic opposition, but they insist their most
serious problem is the United States, which they ac-
cuse of supporting armed rightist exiles who frequen-
tly attack the Nicaraguan army from bases in neigh-
"We are willing to discuss all issues with the United
States," Ramirez said in a recent interview. "But our
main concern is the safety of our borders and a U.S.
commitment that it will not sponsor any attacks
While whipping up nationalistic fervor against
alleged U.S.-sponsored attacks, the Sandinistas also
are seeking an agreement with the United States that
would open talks on an estimated $2.5 billion foreign
debt. They have paid a token sum to show good faith.
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tion committee, who originally planned
and constructed the maps. The group is
composed of representatives from the
police department, the University,
MSA, and the community. It is chaired
by Ann Arbor City Councilmember
Peterson said the rape prevention
group was formed last year "to serve
asa network of people who are active in
the field." The construction of sexual
assault maps is only one of the projects
the group is planning, he said.
"We are -in the process of putting
together an ordinance to require proper
locks in rental buildings to avoid break-
MAHON ins," Peterson said. Other projects in-
clude compiling data about the relation
between victim and assailant prior to a
sexual assault and making information
on rape available in libraries, he ex-
Daily Photo by DOUG Mc
A local mother and daughter team explore the city's sidewalk gardens this week.
advocates developing new industry that
could take advantage of the already
existing economic base.
IT IS NOT an unusual platform in a
time when the state's economy seems
strapped to the same rollercoaster as
the automobile industry, but Pollack
has some unique ideas on how to
achieve this diversification.
"One of the best things we can look at
is the production of heavy machinery
for energy extraction," says Pollack.
"We need to be manufacturing another
product area that has a national and an
international demand, just like the
A second part of Pollack's vision for
economic redevelopment involves the
establishment of a small business base,
which she says includes ventures into
"EIGHTY percent of the new jobs in
the last ten years have come from
small businesses," said Pollack. "We
need to offer a climate and incentives
for small business and to realize that
hjgh tech is essentially small
for Democratic spot in state Senate race
To aid the growth of high technology
and the growth of industry in general,
Pollack says she will support efforts to
bridge the gap between basic in-
stitutional research and applied in-
dustrial needs. "Industry has been
very, very slow to utilize the . . . ap-
plications that come out of basic
research," she said.
An increased effort to process more
of the state's agricultural and forestry
products within the state, and better
development of the tourist industry
round off the ideas Pollack has for
POLLACK seems to be one of the few
candidates to concede that tax hikes
may be necessary to support under-
funded programs and bring the state out
of its economic slump.
"We need to tax ourselves even
through the recession," she said. "I
know we're in difficult times, but not to
do so is self-serving and short-sighted.
It's politically expedient, but it's not
whatwe need," she explained.
One area to divert tax revenues is
education. According to Pollack, in
spite of the current recession higher
education needs increasing and con-
tinued state support.
'While you continue to look for inef-
ficiencies in government and continue
to invest in diversification, you must
continue to invest in your institutions,"
said Pollack. "If we cannot afford to
support education because there is a
recession, then we will never see the
other side of the recession," she added.
Tomorow: The Daily will profile
18th District state Senate candidate
Ron Allen. Candidates Peter
Eckstein and James Murray will be
featured on Friday and Saturday.
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