The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 3, 1986 · Page 5
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Nation/World The Salina Journal Monday, February 3,1986 Page 5 Man tosses firecracker near pope NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Police arrested a man they said appeared "of unsound mind" after he tossed a noisy but harmless firecracker at the end of a Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II. The firecracker raised a plume of smoke about 40 yards from John Paul, who was leaving the indoor Indira Gandhi Stadium after •saying Mass before about 25,000 people. It burned the carpet, but hurt no one. Already tight security was increased for John Paul's 10-day tour of 14 cities. Police in the next city on the tour, Ranchi, rounded up about 100 people considered potential trouble makers. Before the disturbance,* John Paul applauded efforts by Christians and others to "relieve the burdens of misery" of India's millions of poor. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro said the pontiff heard the firecracker's loud bang but gave no sign of concern. But a Vatican official said several members of the papal entourage "were concerned" on hearing the blast. The 65"year-old pontiff has survived two assassination attempts. Police said the man, identified as Dominique Ouseph, was charged with mischief and violation of the explosive substances act. "It appears he was of unsound mind," said Deputy Police Commissioner Umesh Kumar Katna. "He said he did it just to draw the pope's attention." Katna said Ouseph was carrying an unspecified document bearing President Reagan's name and White House address. He said Ouseph is "about 40" and a Roman Catholic from southern Kerala. Police and security officials first said the man threw the firecracker to welcome John Paul and denied he was arrested. They did not explain the Smoke from a firecracker rises as Pope John Paul blesses a group of Indian dancers. change. Police in the northeast city of Ranchi, where John Paul is to say Mass today, declared a security alert, the United News of India said. The news agency said officials were concerned about protests by right-wing groups who have distributed leaflets with "objectionable contents" about John Paul. It said about 100 "suspected" troublemakers were rounded up under preventive detention laws. Some Hindu groups strongly oppose the papal visit, saying John Paul's goal is to convert poor Hindus to Christianity. Hindus comprise about 83 percent of India's 750 million people. Only 3 percent are Christians. John Paul met privately Sunday for 20 minutes with the Dalai Lama, the exiled Buddhist god-king of neighboring Tibet. Both men chatted quietly in English and smiled as they left the meeting. The Dalai Lama gave the pope one of his books, titled "Opening the Eye of New Awareness." He said it teaches "mental sharpness," and "how to develop love and compassion." Haiti government enforces curfew PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) The government Sunday ordered a partial curfew in Cap Haitien, a flashpoint of demonstrations against President-for-Life Jean Claude Duvalier, and restricted foreign reporters to Port-au-Prince. About 2,000 people staged a noisy anti-government protest Sunday in St. Marc, 50 miles north of the capital, but no violence was reported. Hospital officials in Port-au-Prince said more than 100 people were wounded in shootings and clashes in the capital Saturday night, but no official casualty figure would be available until this morning. One doctor at General Hospital said, "I have no idea how many are dead but we have treated about 100 injuries." At least 11 people were reported killed last week in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien, with unconfirmed reports of other deaths elsewhere. "The nation is paralyzed," said Gregoire Eugene, leader of the opposition Social Christian Party. He predicted the government's downfall "in a matter of days." Eugene said the only way Duvalier could hold onto power would be with "bloody oppression that would leave body piled on top of body." Protesters' barricades cut the main highway connecting the capital with Cap Haitien and Gonaives, the two cities where the rebellion is strongest. "Cap Haitien and Gonaives are pretty well shut down," said Chris Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the U.S. Information Service. Government-owned Radio National said Cap Haitien's 80,000 residents have been ordered toremain indoors between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. No reason for the curfew was given and it was not known if it would be enforced for more than one day. It was the first curfew officially ordered in Haiti since Duvalier declared a 30-day state of siege Friday in the impoverished nation. Cap Haitien, Haiti's second largest city, is about 125 miles north of Portau-Prince on the Atlantic coast. The government communique also ordered all owners of radio transmitters to report their location to authorities. Haiti's Information Minister Adrien Raymond announced Sunday in a second communique distributed by his office that all foreign journalists had been restricted to the capital. Haitian exiles ordered to contain protests Filipino priests warned not to advise voters Violators may face prison terms By The New York Times MANILA, Philippines - The government election commission has ordered the country's clergy not to offer political guidance to parish- oners for the presidential election on Friday. The directive was issued in the form of a resolution from the com. mission that the chairman, Victorino Savellano, said included possible prison terms for violation. The order comes at a time of increasing tension between President ' Ferdinand Marcos and the Roman Catholic Church. The order, phrased in the cause of the separation of church and state, was issued amid strong pressure by Catholic prelates for policy changes by the Marcos government as well as active support by priests in some ' areas for the opposition candidate, Corazon Aquino. In recent weeks the Catholic clergy in this predominantly Catholic country has issued two pastoral letters urging Filipinos to work against the election fraud, which critics say is being prepared by supporters of Marcos. In some areas, church support for Aquino amounts to an unofficial precinct organization working to counter Marcos' formidable strength in running a patronage machine and in dominating the country's news organizations. Marcos said Saturday that he thought most of his critics in the church were "Communist or Communist-inclined," and that the government was collecting evidence of this. There is a spectrum of political opinion among priests. Some are supporters of Marcos, a number have become radical insurgents, and others deliver anti-Marcos sermons about government corruption and social ills. Officials agree to share returns MANILA, Philippines (AP) Government and independent election officials agreed Sunday to share early returns from this week's presidential election to prevent fraud. Some opposition leaders, however, said pro-government newspapers could use selected returns to declare President Ferdinand Marcos an early winner. Officials of the Commission on Elections and a private watchdog group, the National Movement for Free Elections met for more than four hours to negotiate a unified "quick count" of the election this Friday. Representatives of both sides said they agreed to share early returns from the nation's 90,000 precincts, which sometimes have trouble communicating with the capital. The nation is spread over 7,100 islands, with an estimated 27 million regis- tered voters. In other developments Sunday, about 6,000 students and workers of the militant group Bayan (Country) marched on the presidential palace and burned effigies of Marcos and President Reagan as they called-for an election boycott. Rally leaders said they expected Marcos, president for 20 years, to rig the election. Some Bayan leaders, however, have resigned to back his rival, Corazon Aquino. Hundreds of Marcos supporters rode around the city in a noisy, daylong motorcade, playing Marcos jingles over loudspeakers and urging passersby to keep Marcos in office. At one point, the leftists and pro- Marcos motorcade crossed paths. A boycott leader said over a megaphone, "Leave them alone. They were paid to do their work." Aquino drew about 100,000 supporters as she rode in a motorcade through a dozen towns in Batangas, 60 miles south of Manila. MIAMI (AP) - Little Haiti was quiet Sunday following a third night of disturbances in which exiles sometimes denounced the U.S. government, as well as the regime of their home island. Authorities ordered the Haitians home Saturday night, and a riot police unit stood by as a street- cleaning machine began rolling through the run-down neighborhood of Little Haiti at 11 p.m. Twenty-five officers patrolled the area. The outbreaks were sparked by reports that the government of Haitian President-for-Life Jean- Claude Duvalier was in trouble following rioting in several Haitian cities. Miami City Manager Cesar Odio said the city could not afford to keep extra police on hand to block off traffic from the street celebrations and to guard against looting, vandalism and violent arguments. Police spokesman Angelo Bitsis said police didn't want to arrest Haitians, but would "do what's necessary." Odio told the Haitians they can hold demonstrations at a nearby 10-acre park and use a portable stage. "But the street, they can't do this anymore," he said. Odio and police called the Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste, an exile leader, to come from his home late Saturday to tell the demonstrators to go home. Jean-Juste said he could "make no guarantees" about whether they would return. The demonstrations began getting out of hand when two cars carrying people some exiles called Duvalier sympathizers were pelted with rocks and pounded with fists. Police also blamed the arrival of a television crew for stirring up about 1,000 demonstrators. Three police officers were slightly injured. One officer was hit in the head by a brick; one needed stitches after being hit in the head by a bottle, and the third was bitten on his wrist, police said. All were treated at a hospital. Four Haitians were arrested on charges of inciting a riot, and three of them were also charged with assault, police said. They were released to Jean-Juste's custody. Some exiles chanted: "Duvalier has fallen. The American government is hiding Duvalier." A placard said "U.S.A. is a hippocrit." "The United States is two-faced," said Suzie Stephen, 40. "I think the United States is trying to put him back in Haiti." There are an estimated 60,000 exiles living in the impoverished Little Haiti neighborhood of northeast Miami. Congress set to address budget/ Reagan's State of the Union talk - WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan hits Congress with both barrels this week — his State of the ;. -.' Union address Tuesday night and his ,.' fiscal 1987 budget Wednesday. ..,•' The Senate, meantime, will press : on with legislation including fhe proposed sale of Conrail. The House plans action on bills delayed by last week's mourning over the space shuttle tragedy, including a Senate. passed plan to ban television and radio advertising of chewing tobacco and snuff. • Reagan had originally planned to deliver the State of the Union address 'Tuesday and the budget this week, but the speech was postponed after . the shuttle explosion that day. House and Senate leaders agreed to reschedule the address for this Tuesday night. White House officials said the speech will focus on broad themes . rather than specific proposals, aim, ing more toward the public than the ;. Congress. But Reagan is expected to ask Congress to revise the nation's welfare system to put more pressure on recipients to find jobs. Reagan has long contended that many people : 'receiving assistance don't want to I:.'work. • Reagan is also expected to seek more control over the budget process. Lawmakers won't have much time to sleep on that before the president's fiscal 1986 budget is delivered Wednesday morning. The spending plan will be the first submitted by Reagn since enactment of the Gramm-Rudman deficit reduction law, which limits the fiscal 1987 deficit to $144 billion. Reaching the target will require $38 billion in spending cuts or revenue increases, according to administration estimates. Budget Director James Miller III has said the administration will stay within the deficit limits while increasing military spending and opposing any tax increases. Of the $38 billion, the budget will recommend roughly $30 billion in spending cuts and $8 billion in revenues, partly from a plan to sell off federally owned assets such as the BonnevUle Power Administration, officials said. Reagan will recommend a military spending increase of 6 percent, to $282 billion, the sources said. 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