'World Citizen' Ousted from the United Nations
Apr. 03, 1985
UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ A man who described himself as a citizen of the world was ejected from U.N. headquarters Tuesday after attempting to claim ''global political asylum'' there.
U.N. spokesman Joe Sills said security guards, after more than two hours of trying to coax Garry Davis to leave voluntarily, carried him away. ''He went limp,'' Sills said. ''There was no violence.''
The spokesman said Davis was ''placed outside the premises in the presence of New York police. But we are not charging him with anything.''
Davis was told not to return to the United Nations, Sills said.
Earlier, four U.N. security officers had intercepted Davis in the press section on the third floor of the U.N. Secretariat Building. There he had circulated copies of a petition to the World Court in the Hague, accusing the U.S. and Soviet presidents of war crimes because of the threat of nuclear annihilation.
By Davis' account, it was the second time he was ejected from U.N. premises. The last time, he said in a news release, was in 1948 after he renounced his U.S. citizenship and sought asylum with the United Nations in Paris, where the General Assembly met that year.
Sills said security officers intervened Tuesday because of complaints that an unauthorized visitor was roaming about the building, including the 38th floor where U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar has his office. The U.N. chief is away on a tour of four Persian Gulf countries.
Sills said Davis left a news release, which included a letter to Perez de Cuellar, on the 38th floor. In the letter, Davis, a World War II bomber pilot, claimed asylum on international territory to await a World Court response to his petition.
Davis came to the United Nations equipped with a ''World Passport'' and a ''Global Political Asylum Card'' issued by his World Service Authority office in Washington D.C.