The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 7 - 5
The Wahington Post
HUAIROU, China - Cordons of
Chinese soldiers and police locked arm
in arm kept some U.S. officials and
other delegates stranded in the rain yes-
terday as they tried to get into a theater
to hear Hillary Rodham Clinton ad-
dress a forum of non-governmental or-
gazatios dealing with women's rights
"I want to pay tribute to your perse-
verance," Clinton said, referring both
to those who braved the driving rain
yesterday morning and to those who
have braved harassment and surveil-
lance from Chinese security officials
overthe past week in this partially com-
pleted conference site.
Health and Human Services Secre-
tary Donna Shalala pushed through like
a fullback going for short yardage on
fourth down before gaining entry as
US. Secret Service agents shoved
against Chinese security men.
"The women's movement has been
through tougher things than this,"
7Shalala said as the rain ran down her
* face. Around her walked drenched and
badly jostled members of the first lady's
* entourage, including Assistant Secre-
tary of State Winston Lord, former New
Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean and former
Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky.
Clinton's press secretary, Lisa
Caputo, missed the speech because she
was unable to push her way through.
Women started lining up at 4:30 yes-
terday morning to get into a renovated
movie theater to hear the first lady speak.
Later more than 2,000 of them crammed
into the theater and sang songs as they
waited, swaying with hands held aloft.
When Clinton finally arrived at mid-
mornin, the crowd rose to its feet to
Formembers oftheClinton Cabinet, as
well as hundreds of angry women who
wanted to get inside, it took some doing to
get through the Chinese soldiers and po-
lice lined up outside the hall.
It was the second day of Clinton's
visit to China. Tuesday, she addressed
formal government delegations to the
U.N. Fourth World Conference of
Women in the well-appointed Beijing
convention center yesterday she made
the more than one-hour drive to this
small town to address a boisterous crowd
of women who came from around the
world to the Nn-Governmental Orga-
nizations Forum on Women, which is
running in parallel with the official U.N.
* Today, the first lady wil leave China
for an overnight visit to Mongolia be-
fore returning to Washington.
Los Angeles Times
PARIS - Protests against France's
first new atomic test spread yesterday
with renewed vigor, including world-
wide denunciations, street demonstra-
tions and ambassador recalls, even as
the country's nuclear scientists began
preparations in the South Pacific for a
At the site of Tuesday's underground
blast, on tiny Munuroa Atoll about mid-
way between Los Angeles and Sydney,
Australia, French engineers declared the
first test a success, with no release of
radiation. No date for a second test was
given, but experts said it will take at least
three weeks before another is ready.
Alain Barthoux, test director for
France's Atomic Energy Commission,~
told a news conference on the atollI that
"the test went perfectly well," though
examining the results would take
"The first indications we have picked
up have showed only what we ex-
pected," Barthoux added. "I can say
that the nuclear test did not have a
significant effect on the environment.
We are in total control of the environ-
ment (of the lagoon)."
The blast, the equivalent of less than
20,000 tons of TNT, which was the size of
the bomb dropped 50 years ago on
Hiroshima, ended a 3 1/2-year French
moratorium on nuclear tests that had been
joined by all of the world's nuclear pow-
ers except China. And it has created a
political mushroom cloud over France.
In Paris. nearly 3,000 people joined a
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