Apartheid Protest, Winter Carnival Share Stage
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) _ A shantytown set up to symbolize the plight of South African blacks is being removed from Dartmouth’s college green, but two of the five shacks have been moved to the front lawn of the administration building.
The plan won conditional approval Sunday from the administration of the Ivy League school, averting a possible confrontation over the anti-apartheid protest.
The dismantling of the shacks came during a weekend of collegiate frolicking at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival.
Students demanding the college divest itself of stock in companies doing business with South Africa erected the shacks on the campus green in November. Last month, racial tensions at the school flared when a dozen sledgehammer- wielding students attacked the shanties, saying they wanted to beautify the green.
The attack triggered a brief occupation of the administration building and a one-day suspension of classes for a campuswide meeting to discuss racism.
Two of the shacks were dismantled Sunday, and the fifth was to be moved today, said Kim Porteus of the Dartmouth Community for Divestment.
At a rally Sunday, Porteus, a sophomore from Stanford, Calif., read a statement saying that the move, while placating some critics of the shantytown, should not be seen as backing down.
Instead, she said, the move puts the shacks ″under the very noses of those who are directly responsible for Dartmouth’s opposition to the liberation struggles in Southern Africa.″
Yves Denize, vice chairman of the campus Afro-American Society, warned there will be no letup in demands by both campus organizations for full divestment of Dartmouth’s roughly $63 million in South Africa-related investments.
″In the quest for divestment, no form of protest should be denied,″ he said.
George Bourozikas, a member of both organizations, said they hope to keep one shanty on the administration building lawn through February, Black History Month, and have one displayed through the month at a campus museum. A third shanty would be sent on a tour of area high schools as part of an educational program.
Speakers at the rally included Georgia state Sen. Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and congressional candidate.