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   Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan                              4 PACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES TUBWY, MAY 20,1997 ql p:PHOWEN>o Bureau ChiefrOK0HAMA, Japan — The transportj(p M/V American Falcon, now headingThailand in support of U.S. troopstraining in Cobra Gold, is skippered by aMan whose teachers not too many yearsagoj would have told him those troopsare his enemy.Clad in jeans, sneakers and a sportshirt, Marin Johnson doesn't fit the im-age of a ship's captain who works hand-in-hand with the U.S. Navy. He alsodoesn't fit the image, if there is one, of anative of Bulgaria, a former WarsawPact country .until the Soviet Unioncrumbled in 1990.Johnson, 43, was bora Marin IvanKosladinov. He became a Johnson by re-versing tradition when he married hisAmerican wife Anita Johnson and tookher name.porn in Popova, Bulgaria, Johnsonlearned the shipping trade at Bulgaria'smaritime academy, where many of hisclassmates were training to become na-val officers.After his education, Johnson went tosea. When his ship ma^a port call in1979 in Hamburg, Germany, he wentashore and sought political asylum at theU.S. Consulate. Officials granted himpermission (to emigrate to New York,where two Bulgarian friends andsfellow-asylum seekers were living."I had tp^do all kinds of odd jobs,working at^ght, studying English byday," said Johnson, interviewed in hisapartment-sized ship's quarters lastweek at the Army's North Dock in Yoko-hama. "I think it took me almost a yearto find a shipping job."He became a U.S. citizen inJohnson's wife also worked on ships.The two met in Mexico. They have a 5-year-old daughter and live in Freeland,Wash.Johnson spends about seven monthsaway from home eacij year, although hisfamily has spent time with him at seaaboard the American Falcon. He hasbeen the ship's captain since 1992.The IJ,S.-flagged, Swedish-built ship isunder contract to the U.S. Military Sea-lift Command. It carried equipment toThailand last month for Cobra Gold andnow is returning to pick up the gear.^The 635-foot ship is what marinerscall a "ro-ro" (rollrpn, roll-off) ship. Itstwuvstern ramps permit large trucks toUtsirkOwen/StripesAndrew Carlsson, second mate on the ,W African Falcon military sealifl ship, andCap! Harin Johnson, were sailors in former communist Eastern Europe countries.icrunlcload and unload in the cargo hold. troops destroyed Warsaw's Jewish ghet-The 20, craw members have cabins to in 1944. He said he joined the Polishthat seem palatial in contrast to those on resistance and was captured by the Ger-Navy ships. Thei£ other amenities in- mang. On his way to a concentrationelude a small swimming-pool, a recrea-tion room stocked with 1,108 videocas-settes and a well-equipped exerciseroom, the walls of which bear the markof weights that somebody apparently'forgot to strap down a few times before0the ship hit rough seas.Johnson shares his position with an-other captain who works when Johnsonis off-duty. ° -On its current voyage, the AmericanFalcon has another crew member, 2ndMate Andrew Carlsson, who also is froma former Warsaw Pact country.Carlsson, 65, has a Swedish name be-cause his grandparents were born inSweden, but he was born in Poland.camp, he escaped and spent the last fewmonths of the war hiding at his grand-parents' home.Poland emerged as' a communist coun-try after the 'war. Carlsson became atour guide in Warsaw, then went to seaand worked his way up to ship's captain.He said he gave up that job t6 becomea second mate on a Swedish ship — butnot as a political refugee. The decisionwas purely an economic one, he said,explaining that he made five times asmuch money in his new job. ._ „Carlsson moved to the United Statesduring the late 1960s and later becamean American citizen. He now resides inAs an adolescent, he watched from a Meltairie, La.i and has worked on Amer-nearby fourth-floor balcony while Nazi ican vessels regularly since 1971.Marchers demand TaiwanThe Associated Press &TAIPEI, Taiwan T For the secpndtime in three weeks, tens of thousands ofTaiwanese marched Sunday to demandthe resignation of Premier Lien Chan forthe government's failure to curb violentcrime. •>•'' Y .'• /•'•' -:\ • ' / Y Y'V; ..Led by parents with children, thedemonstrators carried placards pro-claiming '*Shaine,'Y "Agony," and"Please take 21 walk" as they marcheddown a broad avenue to the presidentialoffice building. t .v " " Y^ Witnesses put the number of march-ers at 50,000, equaling the number in theiirstmarchMay(4.But organizers and the independentTVBS cable television station estimatedthe? number of marchers ait close to100,000. One person was arrested afterrefusing to disperse at the end of theprotest, police said.As on May 4, the marchers' demandswere retirement of the Cabinet and apublic admission from President LeeTeng-hui that the government's policieson crime have failed.The protesters included some mem-bers of Lee's Nationalist Party., Lee repeated his apology Sunday at acentral Taiwan fishing port for failing tocome to grips with crime."I feel very sorry for the unease peo-ple are feeling with so many major'' '-' ' ' ' • • 'crimes still unsolved," Lee said. 'Publicoutrage^ over crime boiled upafter the kidnap-murder last month ofPai Hsiao-yen, the daughter of popularentertainer Pai Pirig-ping. That followedtwo high-profile murder cases last year.All three crimes remain unsolved;The lifting of martial law in 1987 ush-ered in a wave of crime, and murdersand kidnappings have increased overthe last few years. Y ,; ^ YThe president rejected Lien's offer toresign. Marchers said they want Lee toaccept Ilien's resignation, even ? if hewaits to replace him, to show the gov-ernment is taking responsibility for de-teriorating law and order, .HONG KONG — Another 66; soldiersof the Chinese People's Liberation Armywere to arrive in Hong Kong on Mondayto prepare bases for the gairison thatwill march into this British colony whenit reverts to Chinese rule in July.A government statement said Sundaythe latest group will cross into HongKong from the southern Chinese city ofShenzhen, vThey will jpiii 40 other soldiers, led byMaj. Gen. Zhou Bordng, a deputy com-mander of the future garrison.The Chinese soldiers, who are to wearuniforms only while in their barracks,are to prepare 14 bases for up to 10,000troops who wijl replace the British garri-son on July 1.Another group of 90 Chinese soldiersis to airive MaV 30.The PLA's presence^ in Hong Kong is,dne of the most sensitive issues of thetransition to Chinese rule. Many HongKong people remeniber the assault onpro-democracy demonstrators in Beyingin.1989.~ -flte future Chinese garrison will con-sist of elite troops who have studiedHong Kong law and customs. They alsowill be banned from engaging in busi-ness in Hong Kong.'s€4iglit fer ei-spfofficial M brifc^ scaoiafSEOUL — Prosecutors requested awarrant Sunday to arrest ai former intel-ligence official who was close to President Kim Young-sam's second son, whois accused of taking bribes and evadingtaxes. • YY •''"'••'.••••' • "/;: ••:"-• : -Kim Ki-sup, a former^deputy ministerof South Korea's Agency for National Se-curity Planning, was accused of taking$169,000 in exchange for helping a busi-nessman win a government license for acable TV station.„ Prosecutors took him into custodywhile waiting for a court to issue an ar-rest warrant Monday.The president's son, Kim Hyun-chul,37, was arrested Saturday on allegationsof collecting $3.6 million in bribes fromtwo businessmen and evading $1,5 niil-lion in taxes. His arrest has damaged hisfather's dredibijity during his final yearinoffice. *'••'• :, - • . - • u • . .• • • -? : - ';:; : ' •;• - ' '••"••Drug barors foy^d deadafter failed prisonSYDNEY, Australia — A convicteddrug importer Was found dead in his cellSunday, less than 24 hours after at-tempting a prison escape with Austra-lia's worst serial killer, Ivan Milat.A New South Wales Corrective Ser-vices spokeswoman said George Sawas^w^-'fiG^d;-haqe^vin;'hjbs cell at^Mait-land Prison north of Sydney,On Saturday, authorities foUed an e&cape plan he had hatched with Milat.Sayvas, 47, had been moved to a seg^regation cell Saturday after his escape"plan was foiled."It's 'fair to say tfiat everyone here*syeyy surprised," a prison spokeswomansaid. "His personality ^ would • not J^e oneyou would expect him to do some-Mlat, 51, is serving a life sentence forkilling seven backpackers in the Be-langlo State Forest. Sawas was servingtime for conspiring to import heroin.From wire reports '  

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