The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 21, 1986 · Page 5
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Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, January 21, 1986
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Nation/World The Salina Journal Tuesday, January 21,1986 Page 5 Strikers blockade food plant AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Striking meatpackers and supporters blockaded the Geo. A. Hormel & Co. plant Monday, and Gov. Rudy Perpich called out the National Guard to prevent violence as workers crossed the picket lines. One man was injured, a Hormel photographer who was kicked in the groin, said plant manager Deryl Arnold. It was the first injury reported since the plant reopened a week ago for the first time in the five-month strike by 1,500 members of Local P-9 of the United Food and Commercial Workers. About 100 meatpackers, who had been gathered outside the plant's main gate since early in the day, ended their blockade and began to go home shortly after Perpich's announcement. "I think you should make it clear that if they want to call out the National Guard, they should call out the National Guard against the company to protect the people of Austin from what this company is doing to the city and to the people," - P-9 labor consultant Ray Rogers told • • the striking meatpackers. ''- • Hormel was pleased with Per' pich's decision, Arnold said. "We expect to operate the plant ,, tomorrow and we understand the ;•„,, National Guard will be present to ,„ assure our employees and prospec- ..,, tive employees of safe entry and exit : .. atthe plant," Arnold said. Perpich said he decided to call out the National Guard after receiving a ""- • request from Austin Mayor Tom • Rough, Police Chief Don Hoffman '. • and the Mower County Sheriff's off;', fice. ' Arnold said earlier in the day that there had been "a complete loss of • law and order" at the plant. •"" ;> "The police are powerless to con" trol mob violence, mass picketing, • " wanton destruction of property, and mob psychology has taken over." ' • ' About 50 cars drove in front of the • $100 million plant and stopped, form- 1 - ing a bumper-to-bumper barricade, '^'. while about 50 other cars circled the .-plant and the drivers blew their •'.' 'horns. • - • Police halted any further traffic from entering the street, preventing . cars from entering or leaving the „ .area. THE BIRTH OF AN ISLAND — Smoke billows from a new island formed Monday when a volcano erupted in the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima. It is the first new island created in the region in 78 years. The island means 2,310 feet long, 990 feet wide and about 50 feet high. Rail tunnel to link Britain and France LILLE, France (AP) — France and Britain announced plans Monday to build twin rail tunnels under the English Channel, achieving a 180- year-old dream of linkage that has been frustrated repeatedly by politics and financial problems. President Francois Mitterrand and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher made the announcement. They called the decision "a new link in the construction of Europe" that is "of immense significance for commerce and transport between our two countries." Mitterrand described the project as "a grandiose vision of the future." Thatcher said the twin tunnel was "not the last word" but "just the first step." She had supported rival projects that would have included road links. The 31-mile long rail tunnels, to be built by the British-French Channel Tunnel Group/France-Manche consortium, are expected to be in service by the summer of 1993. The projected cost is $3.9 billion, with the expense of financing nearly doubling that figure. The tunnels will run under the major ferry route from Dover to Calais. Lille, where they announcement was made, is the major city of northern France and about 60 miles from Calais. High-speed trains will travel through the tunnels, carrying passengers and vehicles. Travel time between Paris and London will be reduced from five hours to about three. France's preference for the simpler, cheaper rail tunnels won out in tough negotiations over the past two weeks. The rival projects were joint rail and road tunnels, and a combination road bridge and tunnel. As a concession, CTG/France- Manche pledged to submit a proposal for a road link by the year 2000, which would be built only when technically possible and if it would not cut into the rail connection's revenue. Marcel Sarmet, financial director of France-Manche, said: "We shall certainly not see a road link before the year 2020 unless there is a threat of saturation of our link. If so, we will build it." Mitterrand said the tunnels would allow France's 150 mph high-speed trains to travel to London. Officials forsee high-speed service from Paris to Dover, with the trains continuing on regular, slower lines to London unless Britain takes an expensive and ecologically contested decision to build special tracks. Because of the need to recover the private investment, which Mit- terrand estimated would rise to about $6.8 billion with financing costs, the consortium has an exclusive right to operate the fixed channel link until 2020. Sarmet said the group's studies indicated that adding a road tunnel now "would have doubled the cost, for an increase of only 10 percent in traffic." He said tunneling was expected to start "in the summer of 1987," with the tunnel to open "July 1,1993, at the latest, but we hope for a spring '93, opening." The two governments will sign a formal agreement in London next month, which both parliaments must then ratify. Sarmet said the consortium expected to attract two-thirds of the passenger traffic currently crossing the Straits of Dover on the two major ferry lines. Schools train Libyan students for suicide squads TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - All Libyan high school students are required to undergo intensive military training that includes preparation for possible suicide missions, the military commander of a boys' school said Monday. A group of Western reporters was taken to Ali Awarith High School in downtown Tripoli, where they watched uniformed students perform military drills and firing exercises with four Soviet-designed, BM-21 multiple rocket launchers. One of the students was Seifeddin Khadafy, the 13-year-old eldest son of Col. Moammar Khadafy, the Libyan leader who has warned that suicide squads would strike-in the United States and Israel if the two ever attack Libya. The school's military commander, Maj. Saeed Ali Awedat, said all Libyan secondary students undergo two hours of milltary training a week as a compulsory part of their curriculum. The training also includes one month during each summer va- cation. Awedat said the students also train for the suicide commando missions that Khadafy has threatened to launch against the United States and Israel. "All Libyans are training for suicide missions," he said. "We are all ready to launch such operations, even in the United States and into the White House itself. "We are ready to to carry out any order given by the leader. I say this not because I am an army officer, but because any Libyan would give you the same reply." Awedat refused to discuss details of the students' suicide commando training other than to say it was reserved for older age groups. Most of the 2,000 students at his school, he said, ranged in age from 15 to 18. Awedat said the students in Ms school were not allowed to take their pistols and Soviet-designed Kalashnikov machine guns home with them at night. With almost perfect precision, the blue-bereted students dismantled and reassembled their Kalashnikovs in less than 50 seconds. Bombs damage power pylon in South Africa JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Five ; bombs exploded in Durban in a period of minutes * Monday night, damaging a power pylon in an apparent guerrilla attempt to black out part of the Indian "••-' Ocean port, police said. '•'•••'• A police spokesman, Capt. Winston • Heunis, said no one was injured and ' the pylon remained in service. '-•"'" Another police report said officers -" shot and killed a black man Monday -'•• when a crowd stoned a patrol in KwaNdebele, a black tribal area 2 Fighting continues : in South Yemen .' • . By The Associated Press President Ah' Nasser Mohammed '•"'•' of South Yemen on Monday was re:" ported back in his small, embattled .•••''" Arab nation on the Red Sea, with his -•'bloody struggle to overcome a rival, '*" •hardline Marxist faction raging into "'•'• its second week. ''-'" British Foreign Offi ce sources -'- were quoted as saying in London that ,'-.-' fighting had died down in Aden, the _'--capital, but that civil war among i: ~- rival Marxists and tribal factions '•"•' appeared to be spreading in the hinterland. J Associated Press reporter Khawla ^Matter quoted evacuees reaching - .Djibouti from Aden as saying the •. situation in Aden was "disastrous," -•: with bodies and burned out military • .1 vehicles lining the streets. ''"'•' They said Aden, a city of 55,000 people, was reduced to a "ghost town" — food stores closed, no water supply or electricity, hospitals caught in the cross fire, and the .." stench of death everywhere. > : Hardcore rebel leader Abdul- Fattah Ismail, a former president of "South Yemen, the Arab world's only - - Marxist country, was reported to be "still alive" and leading attempts to -oust Mohammed. Mohammed was reported to have •"* returned home Sunday night. northeast of Johannesburg and Pretoria. More than 1,000 people have been killed in 16 months of violence against apartheid, the race laws through which the government reserves privilege for South Africa's 5 million whites and denies rights to the 24 million blacks. The army said Monday it had discovered two more land mines on a farm that abuts South Africa's border with black-ruled Botswana. A white man and his daughter-in-law were killed when their vehicle struck a mine on the farm two weeks ago. Nine people have been killed by mines since the African National Congress began planting them hi October and November for the first time since its armed campaign against the white government began hi the late 1950s. The explosions were the third multiple-bomb attack in 11 days hi Durban, which has a tradition •of applying apartheid laws less harshly than other South African cities. Three men still are hospitalized with injuries suffered in explosions Jan. 9. One has critical burns. The Durban attacks are the first examples hi South Africa of multiple bombs, which have been used in Beirut, Lebanon, and other places. The apparent targets of the delayed explosions are police, rescue workers and others who rush to the scene after the first blast. Most explosions in South Africa are claimed by or blamed on the African National Congress. 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