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CAA resumes anti-apartheid protests

By Andrea Lamberti

The Coalition Against Apartheid, smaller but just as determined as last year, staged a protest last Friday for divestment from companies doing business in South Africa.

The demonstration of no more than 25 people began quietly on the steps of 77 Massachusetts Ave. at 11 am, but picked up when four CAA members dressed in black robes carried a "coffin" to the steps. Other members waved signs saying "No Blood Money."

The coalition eventually attempted to reach members of the MIT Corporation, which was holding its quarterly meeting on Friday. Demonstrators decided to try to speak with Corporation members having lunch at the Faculty Club on the sixth floor of the Alfred P. Sloan Building around noon.

In the process, a struggle broke out on the sixth floor landing as two students tried to get past the Campus Police officers blocking the door to the sixth floor.

Three faculty members at the scene prevented the struggle from becoming more physical. They attempted to get between the students and police.

One of the three professors, acting Dean for Student Affairs Arthur C. Smith, said afterwards that he had been there to prevent "something ugly from happening."

A CAA member who wished to remain anonymous said a Corporation member told her that after the Corporation heard the CAA chanting outside, they decided to discuss the issue in the future.