Two Apartheid Protesters On Hunger Strike In Jail
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Two anti-apartheid demonstrators jailed on trespassing charges in connection with a shanty town protest at the University of Missouri have been on a hunger strike since Friday, their attorney said Monday.
The two women appeared Monday in Boone County Circuit Court and pleaded innocent to trespassing charges. Both were cleared for release on their own recognizance, but authorities said the protesters refused to sign their bond papers and remained in the Boone County Jail.
Dan Viets, an attorney for protesters Carla Weitzel and Elizabeth Jirauch, said the two have not eaten since they were arrested at midday Friday. A spokesman at the jail confirmed the women had refused meals.
Thirty-nine other protesters, who were freed earlier, were scheduled to appear in court later in the week.
The protesters were demonstrating against the university’s multimillion- dollar investments in companies that operate in South Africa. They oppose that nation’s enforced policy of racial segregation.
Interim Chancellor Duane Stucky said Monday that officials at the University of Missouri-Columbia will press for state prosecution of the latest wave of anti-apartheid demonstrators.
The 41 people arrested after they hammered together makeshift shelters on Francis Quadrangle will likely be prosecuted under state law, he said, because new campus rules outlaw shanty-building on the quadrangle.
Stucky acknowledged that he supported the dismissal of charges against 17 people arrested in a similar protest last fall but said he does not plan to act on behalf of the current group.