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Starr, Cochran Defend Sudan Protesters

Tuesday, 01 May 2001 12:00 AM

The "D.C. 3" - former U.S. Rep. Walter Fauntroy, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and

Cochran will represent Horowitz, and Starr will represent Fauntroy and Madison. The legal team has turned many heads in Washington, with some surprised that two seemingly different people are working on a common cause.

In reference to the odd match of Cochran and Starr, Madison said that "this is not your typical protest," because it is a symbolic step in building a coalition of support for those who are being oppressed in the Sudan.

"If you think this is an odd couple ... we will have the Dick Armeys and the Charlie Rangles of the world, the Al Sharptons and the Oliver Norths of the world," Madison said. "This says to the Sudanese regime that you can't run to the left and find sympathy, and you won't be able to run to the right to find sympathy.

"We are all together in a coalition of conscience," he said.

Maria Sliwa, spokeswoman for Freedom World Now, echoed Madison's explanation, going further to say that such a coalition will show that this is a nonpartisan issue.

"When you have people who would never shake hands to not only join together but to work together for a common cause, it sends a strong message," Sliwa said.

Horowitz is urging the White House to put the Sudanese conflict on the top of its priorities, because "no man has the right to sit out a holocaust, and there is one ongoing on right now in the Sudan."

"As a Republican who proudly served in the Reagan administration, I'm looking for this Republican administration to put Sudan sat the top of its agenda," he said. "Our objective ... is to make the genocide in Sudan as much an object of the decent passions in America as South African apartheid did in America."

Horowitz said that helping the Sudanese is "a race against time," because people are still being tortured, enslaved and murdered, not to mention almost 3 million Sudanese in danger of starvation.

Civil war has engulfed Sudan for much of the last 50 years in a conflict between the Arab-dominated north and the mostly black Christian and animist south. Since 1983, more than 2 million people are believed to have been killed because of the Sudanese government's war policies.

In addition, Sudan has large, untapped oil reserves in its southern regions. To capitalize on the opportunity, the government implemented a "scorched earth" policy to make room for oil production, which included killing people who lived there and burning entire villages. Because of a military coup in 1989, a new Sudanese government has declared the entire country an Islamic state, thus intensifying the war.

Starr said his clients, who pleaded not guilty, were taking the difficult way out of their arrest by going to court instead of paying a fine so that they may bring more attention to the issue.

"All the witnesses with me will attest to the atrocious conditions that exist in the Sudan, the conditions of slavery and murder, genocidal conditions that should be getting the attention of all individuals around the world," Starr said. Horowitz, Madison and Fauntroy "have chosen a dramatic and symbolic way to demonstrate their strongly held view the Sudanese policies."

Horowitz, Madison and Fauntroy plan to protest and get arrested today at the United Nations in New York.

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