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10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, July 24, 1996 - N EW S
ART FAIR
Continued from Page 1Arr
diverse. Dara Watson, an LSA senior, said, "I haven't been to Ev.tt f uid&
it in years, but my mom goes and thinks it is too crowded."1,, k {"}
Chad Link, an LSA junior, expressed a similar opinion. "I
enjoy walking around and browsing for a while, but I can't I 8gI
stay out there for much longer than an hour or two, especial-
ly if it's hot; he said. # , x.! -to d r d
Scott Hale, an LSA senior who works at the Art Fair, said , . 100'. y
he is bothered more by the buying and selling than the
crowds. Wier y , .
"It has been overly commercialized. The art fair should be ;s v Stre
about art and not cash," Hale said.
The nationally recognized Ann Arbor Art Fair is actu- \\. tt ; ( syof Wat to some artl
ally three separate fairs covering 24 blocks with the
main displays located on State, Main, Liberty and South
University streets. The booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.n
The event is 37 years old and this year received nearly through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Satt
2,000 applications for 190 booths.
It's not too late. Write for the Summer Daily Call 76DA

BOHDAN DAMIAN CAP/Daiy
Ann Arbor Police Officer Mark Brayton demonstrated in court last Wednesday his
encounter with a brick allegedly thrown by an anti-KKK protester.
Three more anti-KKK protesters
ordered to stand for jury trial

By Laurie Mayk
Daily Editor is Chief
The debates and deliberations in the
aftermath of the June 22 Ku Klux Klan
rally and anti-Klan rally continued last
week - this time in court.
Three of the eight protesters arrested
at the rally last month faced prelimi-
nary examinations in Washtenaw
County Circuit Court Judge Ann
Mattson's courtroom last Wednesday
and each was bound over for trial on his
respective charges.
On August 29, Jeffrey Anderson,
Russell Stewart and Michael Helms are
scheduled to appear for jury trials on
charges of felonious assault.
Before the proceedings began,
protesters gathered outside the cour-
thouse, as they have done at city
council meetings and court dates
since the June 22 rally broke out in
violence.
Members of the National Women's
Rights Organizing Coalition and
other civil rights groups are claiming
the protesters were unfairly arrested
and charged amidst excessive police
force in protecting the Klan.
"This case is critical for individuals
... involved. The case is critical for try-
ing to form a movement against
racism," said Luke Massie, who attend-
ed the demonstration.
Massie said police and prosecutors
are trying to "criminalize the process

of trying to protest the Ku Klux
Klan."
Inside the courtroom the prosecu-
tion produced witnesses - police
officers on duty during the rally -
who testified to the alleged felonious
assaults and actions of the defend-
ents. Neither of the three defens*
attorneys called their own witnesses
at the trial.
Ann Arbor Police officer Myron
Blackwell took the stand to relay his
observations of defendent Helms
during the protest rally. Blackwell's
testimony was one of the longest that
day, and included descriptions of
specific orders given by AAPD and
police officials coordinating the
security.
"We also had an order from thg
chief of police ... saying if someone
touched the fence, mace them,"
Blackwell said.
Blackwell testified that it was
Helms' actions that encited the
crowd and encouraged the protesters
to approach the fence and rile offi-
cers.
"It was Mr. Helms grabbing the
fence and shaking it that actually start-
ed the crowd up," Blackwell said. "ThO
crowd didn't start acting up until after
the time when Mr. Helms grabbed the
fence and was maced"
Attorneys for each defendent entered
"not guilty" pleas for their clients.

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