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December 7, 1987



Moscow

A massive demonstration in Washington and a violence-marred protest in Moscow underscored concern on human rights on the eve of the superpower summit. In Moscow, hundreds of burly men who called themselves peace demonstrators disrupted Jews protesting against Soviet emigration policy yesterday.

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Peter Arnett, a US newsman for the Cable News Network, was bundled into a van by police as his crew tried to film the event. He was later released, CNN said.

At least 27 Jews were detained en route to the Moscow demonstration. (At least 100 refusedniks - Soviets denied permission to emigrate - had planned to take part in a protest against Soviet restrictions on emigration.) The rally was planned several weeks ago to publicize the plight of Jews barred from emigrating.

In Washington, tens of thousands of marchers pressing for free emigration of Soviet Jews beseeched Soviet leader Gorbachev to ``let our people go'' in the largest demonstration planned for this week's summit.

Author and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel and Soviet 'emigr'e Natan Sharansky were among those leading the march from the White House to the Capitol.

The march drew about 60,000 people, according to police.

Among the marchers were Republican presidential candidates George Bush, Robert Dole, and Alexander Haig, and Democratic candidate Al Gore.

Several entertainers performed, including Paul Simon, Pearl Bailey, and Mary Travers of the Peter, Paul, and Mary folk group.

Similar demonstrations were held in Tel Aviv and London.

Mr. Gorbachev met British Prime Minister Thatcher yesterday before flying to Washington for his summit with President Reagan.

Meanwhile, Soviet sources said Friday the Soviet Union would grant exit visas to as many as 73 people who had appealed their emigration cases.

Haitians brace for strike called by top candidates

Haitians stocked up on basic supplies yesterday, bracing for a general strike planned for today. Haiti's four leading presidential candidates joined three major trade unions in calling for a general strike to force free elections under the independent electoral council.

Two of the top candidates - Louis Dejoie II and Sylvio Claude - called for an indefinite strike until the military-led junta steps down. All four demanded the junta rescind its Nov. 29 decree dissolving the electoral council.

South Africa announces pullout from Angola

The armed forces chief said Saturday that South African troops are withdrawing from Angola after intervening there in support of anti-Marxist rebels during heavy fighting. The intervention had been announced Nov. 11.

The announcement by Gen. Jannie Geldenhuys coincided with a report that Cuban reinforcements had arrived in Angola and might join government forces in an attack on the South Africans if Pretoria did not withdraw its troops.

Iranian speedboats attack tankers in Gulf

Iranian speedboats attacked two tankers in the Gulf yesterday, killing one crewman and injuring another, shipping sources said. The Iranian strikes on the Danish and Singapore tankers were in apparent retaliation for a string of Iraqi raids on Iranian tankers last week, the sources said.