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THE LOYOLA MAROON VOLUME 67, NO. 18 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA 70118 FEBRUARY 24, 1989 LU students protest Duke's victory By Amy Porche Assistant News Editor About 20 Loyola students traveled to Baton Rouge Wednesday to protest the seating of ex-Ku Klux Klan member David Duke, newly elected representative of the 81st District, in the special session of the Louisiana House of Representatives. "It was a success because now they know that we will not let the politics of David Duke go unchallenged," protester Jan Roberts, sociology sophomore, said. Barbra Baltazar, elementary education sophomore, and Sarah Fields, music freshman, posted fliers asking students to meet in the residential quad Sunday night to discuss a swastika fashioned from tables in the quad the previous night. The group then unanimously voted to protest in Baton Rouge. "It was a good sentiment," protester Beau Parker, general studies freshman, said of Sunday's meeting. Parker said the group used "keywords" such as fascism and racism, but no one explained the full implication of having a representative with those philosophies in office. Parker said the group picketed and yelled chants on the steps of the state capital. He said some of the chants were "Don't seat Duke!, Keep Duke out!" and "No Nazis, No KKK, No fascists, U.S.A." Roberts said she spoke to local and national press, discussing welfare issues and Duke's stand on them in his race. "By being a Nazi he is -cloarly a fascist, by being a Klansman he is clearly a racist," Roberts said. George Wright, music composition freshman, and James Brown, music performance freshman, formed the swastika out of the tables used for a performance stage in the residential quad Saturday night to protest Duke's victory and to raise student concerns about Duke. "Those who have been offended, I'm sorry," Brown said. They said the swastika is a symbol of "hate." "That hate is in office now-in Louisiana," Brown said. "It was so easy to take [the swastika] the wrong way," Brendan LaSalle, EnglishEnglish freshman, said. "It did serve its purpose, though, and I salute them for that," LaSalle said. There were opposing ideas *in the group as to the best way to present themselves on Wednesday. "We have to take a mature stand on this," LaSalle said. "I can't see Loyola students going out there to get arrested," Parker said. The group decided to consider themselves an "organized, unified, strong Photo by Thorn Scott Like K or not — David Duke waves to supporters as he campaigns Saturday afternoon on Veterans Boulevard. Duke takes seat despite opposition By Andrew Nolan News Editor After defeating a motion challenging his election, David Duke, former grand wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was sworn in during a special session of the Louisiana House of Representatives Wednesday morning. Gov. Buddy Roemer called the special session of the legislature to try to revise Louisiana's tax system. His plan calls for lowering the homestead exemption and easing the tax burden on lower class families while raising it on middle and upper class families. Duke, however, won the race in the overwhelmingly white district by running on a platform in which he swore not to support any new taxes, .pledged to save the homestead exemption and vowed to work for "true equal rights for everyone."Duke was sworn in at about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday after a motion to challenge his qualifications had been tabled. After the ceremony, Rep. Charles Jones spoke to the assembly in an address carried by WWL radio. He assured Duke that the move to challenge his credentials had not been meant to prevent him from becoming a legislator, but rather to determine whether he possessed sufficient qualifications for the post. But he ended by warning Duke that "We are resolved and committed that racism not be the order of the day." Duke defeated Metairic homebuilder John Treen, former Gov. David Treen's brother, with 8,459 votes to Treen's 8,232 votes in a race for the vacant 81st District seat. Duke told a cheering crowd of 500 of his supporters Saturday night at the Metairie Lions Club that his was "the greatest grass roots campaign this state has ever seen." He called it "the single greatest political upset in the history of the state of Louisiana. Maybe in the history of the United States — ever." Duke said he won without contributions from political action committees, without major endorsements and despite opposition from a broad range of political and religious leaders, including former President Ronald Reagan and the Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., university Afghanis face civil war after Soviet pullout By Andrew Nolan News Editor Call it their Vietnam; their chance to fight a war that could not be won against an invisible enemy. Vietnam may be a very apt analogy for the Soviet Union's invasion, occupation and subsequent withdrawal in . .... .v.. Afghanistan, according to Mary Troy Johnston, instructor in political science. The Soviets invaded the country in 1979 to prop up a shaky communist government. Johnston said the Soviet Union engaged in risk-taking through the late 1970s and early 1980s in such areas as Central America and Afghanistan. The Soviets were not seeking head-on competition with the United States, but rather sought areas holding minimal risks for them, she said. "Once relations became more normal between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, that risk-taking began to come to an end. "There's been a lessening of tensions in critical areas like Afghanistan," Johnston said. But the Soviets leave the government in a worse situation than they found it. This Monday, Afghani Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Sharq resigned. According to The New York Times, government leaders like Afghani President Najibullah hoped he would help form a broad-based coalition government. Sharq hoped to attract the U.S.-backed guerrillas, the muhajideen, since he was not a member of the Communist Party. See Protest/page 7 See Duke/page 7 See Afghan/page 5 Inside j mm Write about to ty said...
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