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Shantytown Confrontation Is Avoided

June 19, 1986

The shantytown erected at Occidental College in protest of the school's investments in businesses that operate in South Africa remained standing during Saturday's graduation exercises, against the wishes of administrators.

College officials had threatened to suspend members of the Anti-Apartheid Coalition if they did not remove the display before the ceremonies. But the administrators invoked no suspensions and the coalition dismantled the shantytown Monday.

The group's refusal to remove the shantytown, built May 12, touched off a controversy that divided the campus. Administrators were not available for comment on why they allowed the shantytown to remain over the weekend.

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