Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 20, 1988 · Page 10
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 10

Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, March 20, 1988
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Page 10 Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Sunday, March 20, 1988 British Soldiers Shot To Death BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - Two British soldiers were shot to death Saturday after mourners at an IRA funeral dragged them from a car, beat them with crowbars and hoisted them naked before cheering onlookers, witnesses and police said. The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the killings in a statement released to Belfast media. The British army said the plainclothes soldiers came upon the funeral by accident. The soldiers, blood streaming from their heads, were pulled to the top of a 12-foot-high wall around a football field for the crowd to see, witnesses said. They were then hauled behind a building and shots were heard. A short while later their bullet-riddled bodies were found in a vacant lot on Penny Lane, off the Falls Road. It was the second fatal attack in four days at a Belfast funeral. Three people were killed in a cemetery attack Wednesday. The killings, which brought the Northern Ireland death toll to 22 so far this year, occurred as thousands of mourners followed the coffin of Kevin Brady, an IRA member and one of the victims of Wednesday's violence. Witnesses said the car carrying the soldiers sped toward the Brady cortege as it wound its way through predominantly Roman Catholic West Belfast. The car swerved and began to back up but was engulfed by angry mourners, some brandishing crowbars, who assumed the men were undercover agents. One man climbed onto the roof of the car and pounded it with an iron bar. The windows were smashed, a shot was heard and there were shouts of "He's got a gun!" followed by "We've got two Brits!" Noriega Weeds Military; Rejects Exile PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega rejected Washington's demands that he resign and leave the country, his press office reported Saturday. The military strongman also purged more officers from the Defense Forces he commands in a move to strengthen his position. His press office said Noriega met Friday with "some State Department representatives" and rejected their proposals for him to leave the country "as being unacceptable, illogical, and anti-Panamanian." The statement did not name the State Department representatives, but it was known that William Walker, a ranking member of the department's Latin American affairs bureau, met with Noriega Friday. In Washington, a Reagan administration official said Noriega had indicated a willingness to step down as Panama's military chieftain but was unwilling to go into exile, as the United States insisted. Opposition leaders called for a general strike Monday to protest a nationwide state of emergency that restricted civil liberties. Walker, a deputy assistant secretary of state, reportedly was empowered to tell Noriega the United States would not seek to extradite the general on drug trafficking charges if he accepted asylum in a third country, possibly Spain or France. Noriega was indicted on the drug charges by a federal grand jury in Florida last month. The Defense Forces press statement gave no details of the American proposal, but said that while Noriega rejected it he "totally reiterated his position of keeping the doors open to dialogue." It said Noriega and members of his high command met with the Washington envoys and he and his officers "are prepared to hold all necessary conversations to resolve the Panamanian problem, but without any type of conditions and always with the talks taking into account national interests." The Reagan official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States was insisting that the general leave the country for fear he would continue exercising influence even after resigning from his official post. Diplomatic and other sources said Noriega appeared to be consolidating his base of power through the purges in the Defense Forces after rejecting the U.S. demands. A source close to the military said 15 colonels and majors have been forcibly retired or moved out of key positions since the head of the National Police tried to remove Noriega in an unsuccessful coup on Wednesday. Noriega's high command has acknowledged only five retirements and one major demotion, the transfer on Saturday of Col. Lorenzo Purcell from chief of the air force to an unspecified headquarters desk job. The Defense Forces admit to holding five officers, including the former police chief, Col. Leonidas Macias, arrested Wednesday morning when the attempt to take over Noriega's headquarters went awry. But the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 12 officers have been arrested, "three or four are in hiding and quite a few more are suspected and being investigated — up to 100." The latest military purges came a day after the civilian government, which answers to the general, declared a state of emergency aimed at putting Panama's tottering economy back on track. The move prompted an opposition coalition known as the National Civic Crusade to call for an indefinite, nationwide general strike for Monday. The United States has been pushing for Noriega's ouster since he was indicted in Florida. The planned work stoppage comes at a time when many major industries and smaller businesses already are closed by wildcat strikes or a lack of business caused by a critical cash shortage. The cash crisis became acute on Feb. 26 when Noriega dismissed the nation's civilian president, Eric Arturo Delvalle, prompting a panic run on bank deposits. Most banks closed four days later after the government acknowledged it did not have enough money to meet the demand for withdrawals. Then, on March 3. the gov ernment ordered all banks closed until arrangements could be made for their orderly reopening. They remained closed through last week. Wickes Says Strong Ticket Will Help Him By DAVE KITCHELL City Editor When the 1988 Indiana Democratic ballot is set after the May 3 primary, Jack Wickes will probably be the candidate on the ticket with the toughest job. Wickes, 41, an Indianapolis attorney, is opposing two-term Republican incumbent Sen. ! 'hard Lugar. Both are unop- pused in the primary. Lugar is an overwhelming favorite to win a third term and the Republicans have been on a roll in electing the state's highest officials. The GOP has now captured the last five gubernatorial elections and the last four Senate races. But with the possibility of Evan Bayh on the Indiana Democratic ticket in the governor's slot and Democratic congressmen such as Brookston's Jim Jontz running, Wickes is counting on the strength of the ticket to help him. "We're going to have a high quality ticket," said Wickes Saturday during a brief campaign stop in Logansport. "Jim Jontz and Evan Bayh are tremendous assets." But one unknown factor to the success of his c; ipaign may be at the top of the ticket. Although no Democratir candidate has carried Indiana in a presidential election in 24 years, Wickes said this could be the year the string is broken. Even if it isn't, the margin of loss for the Democratic presidential nominee could be a key factor in his own race against Lugar. "Walter Mondale lost this state by 450,000 votes in 1984 and Wayne Townsend (the Democrat gubernatorial candidate) lost by slightly over 200,000, but 450,000 is a big hole to get out of when the other name at the top of the ticket doesn't do well. This year, I think it's apparent the Republican nominee is going to be George Bush and any Democrat has a decent shot of running against George Bush in this state," said Wickes. But Wickes is not relying solely on the strength of others to defeat Lugar. He's making it clear that he's campaigning against Lugar. He opposes Lugar's stance on recent legislation that allows foreign companies with plants in the U.S. to bring their skilled workers to the U.S. Wickes said he agrees with political observer Lester Thurow who said that Americans may be content to sell parts of America to other countries, "but we don't have to let the states subsidize that purchase," Wickes said Lugar is holding out an image to Indiana voters that he is "too good a public servant to be replaced." But the Democratic hopeful maintains that in reality, Lugar, has failed to address the emerging needs of Hoosiers such as the decline in per capita income, home health care for the elderly, adequate child day care and education. The people who care about those issues are forming a core of support for his campaign. 5TH& BROADWAY IN DOWNTOWN LOGANSPORT Shop AAon.Thru Thurs. ond Sot. 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Friday 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday 12to5P.Wl. 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