The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 19, 1996 · Page 6
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JIB SATURDAY. OCTOBER 19, 1996 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL V GUATEMALA Soccer fans bury their dead Guatemalans call for justice in wake of World Cup tragedy By The Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY — The Chamale family loved soccer. So when their national team went up against Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifying match, they had to be there. On Wednesday night, brothers Samuel and Edgar, their sisters Blanca and Maria del Carmen, and Samuel's 17-year-old daughter Monica Elizabeth scraped together the money for tickets and took a bus from their town of Mixco to the capital, 10 miles away. On Friday, the five lay side by side in simple wooden and aluminum caskets, victims of a stampede that killed 84 people just as the match was about to begin. "My siblings are dead," cried Marco Tulio Chamale, inconsolable through a wake that preceded the burial. Carnations and orchids adorned the five coffins. Candles burned by their side. Scores of people crowded around the caskets, then dropped change and small banknotes into a cardboard box to help the surviving family members. "My brothers and sisters loved soccer so much that they would always go to the games," said another sister, Aurelia Chamale de Solares, her ashen face contrasting with the colorful Indian dress she wore. "But nobody thought they were going to die." In addition to the dead, 193 people were injured in the stampede. People at the funeral were angry, mostly at the event's organizers for letting the stadium fill well beyond its capacity of 45,000. "They just want money," said Aurelia Chamale. "That's why they filled the stadium. The president has to lay down some order and investigate this." At funerals across the nation Friday, such anger mixed with sadness as people began to bury the dead. Work stopped at car shops and stores on a busy downtown street as three black hearses led a motorcade of dozens of cars containing mourners. Daisies spilled off a pickup truck containing a dozen wreaths. President Alvaro Arzu, who was in the stands when the stampede occurred, ordered a high- level commission to investigate conflicting reports about what caused the avalanche of fans at Mateo Flores stadium. "We must learn from this painful situation so as it will never happen again," he said. Initial reports were that a mob desperate to get into the stadium surged through an entryway, crushing people already inside. But newer accounts indicate that the tragedy may have started with a brawl in the upper stands that sent fans falling onto spectators seated below, or crushed those seated in front against a chain-link fence. Interior Minister Rodolfo Mendoza was quoted Friday as saying that metal gates in a key entry to the section where the deaths occurred showed no signs of having been broken down or forced open. The Associated Press A man mourns over one of the coffins containing the remains of a member of the Chamale family during the funeral procession Friday in Mlxco, a suburb of Guatemala City. V RUSSIA T BOSNIA U.S. soldiers help Bosnian victims Americans distribute : supplies to Bosnians ; impoverished by war : By The Associated Press ; ZIVINICE, Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 — Under a balmy autumn sun, ; 'American troops distributed • School supplies, clothes and shoes Friday to more than 400 women .and children impoverished by the •Bosnian war. ' -"""The kids, they reach out and ; J^teal your heart after all they've ; "been through," said Spc. Shonda ' Sherrod, her radiant smile wash; ihg over a roomful of refugee chil- ; dren, mostly orphans. • Sherrod's 181st Transportation ! Battalion, part of the American ; Contingent in the NATO-led peace • force for Bosnia, has adopted the I refugee settlement in Zivinice, lo; cated near Tuzla in northeastern • Bosnia. ! ."i The U.S. troops have been com- ;-ijig here since April. Much of the •-material has been collected by '. fjjmily members at the battalion's ; %jise in Mannheim, Germany. '& And since executive officer Maj. 1 aim Herson Jr., 36, of New York ; tjity, posted a computer notice on • -j|}e World Wide Web, packages '• y IRAQ The Associated Press Sgt. Robert Robinson, Canton, Mo., hands out donated clothing and school supplies Friday at the refugee center 10 miles south of Tuzla. Robinson's battalion supplies the center with goods from soldiers' families back In Germany. have been arriving from all over the United States as well. "Their innocence has been abducted," said Sherrod, 21, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., as she watched a young girl in the doorway of her temporary home. The refugees live in four two-story apartment blocks built by a Norwegian charity. "They have seen things that nobody should have to see," said Sherrod. "Their only worries should be going to school and hav- Opposition rallies around Yeltsin Lebed's unabashed drive for Russian presidency may now be in full swing By The Associated Press MOSCOW — Perhaps only this could have won Boris Yeltsin the backing of even his bitterest opponents: The firing of Alexander Lebed, the popular, ambitious and headstrong general whom they all saw as their enemy. Opposition leaders across the political spectrum gave the president rare support Friday for his dismissal of Lebed as security chief the day before, with some saying that Lebed was dangerous and should have been Fired sooner. But while it seems that everyone in politics is against him, a smiling and relaxed Lebed showed he was not to be vanquished, taking no respite Friday from his unabashed drive to become president. He gave every appearance of launching a campaign for the job. In the evening, he flashed a V-for- victory sign at the mob of journalists and well-wishers who turned out to greet him when he went to a Moscow theater. Earlier Friday, he pointed out that the play was about Ivan the Terrible, one of the most feared rulers in Russian history. He joked, with a crooked smile, that he was attending the performance "so I can learn to govern." While he has said he will not campaign while Yeltsin remains in office, he did not mask his goal of rallying Russians around him for the election The Associated Press Alexander Lebed, fired from his position as security chief Thursday by Boris Yeltsin, Is said to be considering a run for the Russian presidency. that will take place if the ailing Yeltsin dies or has to step down. "I am thinking about my political direction," he said. "Of course, it will be a democratic one ... I am only going forward." Lebed's firing brought calm for the moment to the Kremlin, wrought by bickering and scheming since the president disappeared from sight in the early summer with heart problems. • But while leaders congratulated Yeltsin for firing Lebed, there was speculation that the retired general actually provoked Yeltsin to fire him as part of a calculated electoral strategy. The firing could let the formep general enhance his popularity by claiming the role of political martyr. ing fun." The battalion's chaplain, Capt. Matt Woodbery of Atlanta, said many of the troops questioned the wisdom of the deploy - .ment to Bosnia last December and January. Now, he said many feel they have made a real contribution. "I don't know if we will make a historical difference,"' Woodbery said. "But we will have done something here." On Friday, kindergarten children put on a show in their one- room school, singing for delighted . soldiers who jammed the doorway and spilled out into the hall. "This has done a lot for our soldiers," said Lt. Col. Roger Moore, the battalion commander. "This is a truck battalion, so our drivers go all over, just driving and seeing a lot of things. Here they have a place to stop." The 181st is pulling out Nov. 28 and heading back to Germany. The officers are trying to find a unit from the incoming 1st Infantry Division, which has begun deploying in Bosnia as a withdrawal covering force, to continue the good works, "We don't want them to think the Americans are just abandoning them," Herson said. 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The attack on the • gjfrrth, a U.S.-declared safe haven ; for the Kurds, sparked U.S. mili- ; fjry strikes on Saddam's forces ; hear Baghdad. • ;The U.S. has warned Iraq and I {ran against entering Kurdish ar- f , and both those countries have >red mediation and called on Kurds to stop fighting. : "As the two groups battled Friday on three fronts — east, southeast and northeast of Irbil — there was no sign that Iraqi troops had helped their KDP allies, and no Iraqi soldiers were seen moving on the roads south or east from Ir- bil. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert H. Pelletreau planned to travel to the region this weekend to meet with leaders of the two Kurdish groups, the Clinton administration said. With its capture of Kuysanjaq, the Kurdistan Democratic Party succeeded in pushing its Iranian- sponsored rival — the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan — farther away from Irbil, which lies about 30 miles to the northwest. 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