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Ninety-four years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCIV, No. 27-S
The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Sunday, July 22, 1984
Polish prisoners granted amnesty
Walesa calls releases meaningless
From AP and UPI
WARSAW, Poland - Poland yester-.
day announced an amnesty for jailed
political prisoners to mark the 40th an-
niversary of Communist rule, but Lech
Walesa warned jails would be full again
in a month.
Walesa, leader of the now outlawed
Solidarity movement, said "the am-
nesty doesn't mean anything" without a.
return of free trade unions.
POLISH LEADER Gen.Wojciech
Jaruzelski told a ceremonial session of
Parliament the amnesty was a
humanitarian gesture by the Com-
munist government toward its op-
ponents, but he warned that it would not
change authorities' " severe judgement
o f a nt i - state activities."
The decree would free 652 political
prisoners and 35,000 other criminals
over a 30-day period starting tomorrow,
said government spokesman Jerzy Ur-
ban. About 55,000 criminals serving
terms longer than two years will
remain in jail.
The amnesty also would include un-
derground Solidarity figures who
present themselves to police before the
end of the year and sign written
statements pledging to stop their op-
position activities, officials said.
Walesa, contacted at his home in
Gdansk, said if all Solidarity activists
were included in the amnesty it "cer-
tainly will be a step toward national
But he added, "Without trade union
pluralism the amnesty doesn't mean
"If such opportunities are not
created, if people are not able to engage
in activity within sensible limits, then
within one month's time we'll have a
similar situation and probably even
more in prison than there are now."
BUT POLAND'S Roman Catholic
primate hailed the amnesty and there
was immediate speculation that U.S.
sanctions against Poland might be
The Reagan administration called
See POLAND, Page 4
... warns jails will fill again
CHICAGO (UPI) - Police
in six states yesterday set up a
hotline to help prosecutors who want to
charge suspected serial murder Alton
Coleman, one of the FBI's most wanted
criminals arrested after a seven-week
Coleman and his alleged accomplice,
Debra Brown, were arrested Friday
without incident in the north Chicago
suburb of Evanston. An anonymous
classmate of Coleman tipped off police.
The street-smart and beguiling
Coleman and Brown evaded capture by
hiding out in inner-city neighborhoods
from Wisconson to Kentucky where
they allegedly preyed on the young, the
weak and the trusting.
Coleman's capture ended a state of
fear in communities across the Mid-
See COLEMAN, Page 7
CAROL L. FRANCAVILLA/Daily
Nine-year-old Bill Eyeler fishes for pan fish in the Huron River last week. He is perched on a guard rail in Barton Park,
to the east of the dam on the river.
Families mourn massacre victims
From AP and UPI
SAN DIEGO - Bearing flowers and the weight of a
terrible mystery, the families of the McDonald's
massacre victims gathered for a requiem mass and
reflection on why 21 people perished.
Msgr. Frank Aldasoro, pastor of Our Lady of
Mount Carmel Church, said at a communal requiem
Mass that to lose friends and family members to
natural death "is difficult enough. But to lose
husbands, fathers, mothers and children in such a
violent tragedy creates even more tears, causes even
THE SMALL hilltop Roman Catholic church in San
Ysidro, just six blocks from the McDonald's
restaurant where James Huberty, 41, went on his
murderous rampage Wednesday, was packed with
800 people while there were an estimated 1,200 others
Bishop Leo Maher, who conducted the service, told
the mourners, "We must rely on the great hope of the
Almighty. Those in mourning can be powerful
because he makes them powerful."
There were only five caskets at the church. Four
contained bodies of Margarita Padilla, 18, Victor
Rivera, 25, Maria Colmenero Silva, 18, and 9-year-old
Claudia Perez. The fifth contained Jackie Wright
Reyes, 18, and her 8-month-old son Carlos. The other
victims will be buried later.
See HUNDREDS, Page 4
*The closing of the Midland nuclear plant
eliminated many local jobs. See Page 3.
" The regents should be careful about
raising out-of-state tuition. See Opinion, Page 6.
* Today is the 50th anniversary of the day the
G-men got John Dillinger. See Page 7.
* Robin Hood is a merry production. See Arts,
" The U.S. Olympic baseball team showed off at
Tiger Stadium yesterday. See Sports, Page 16.
Mostly sunny and warm with a high near 90.