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Arthur Ashe Arrested at South African Embassy

January 11, 1985 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Retired tennis star Arthur Ashe and 46 other people, most of them public school teachers from Maryland, were arrested Friday in the continuing anti- apartheid protests at the South African Embassy, police said.

The arrests were the most in a single day in Washington since the protests began on Nov. 21 and bring to 195 the number detained in the demonstrations that have taken place almost every day since then.

Prosecutors have dropped charges against almost all of them within a few days.

Ashe, captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, is a former champion at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. He is also co-chairman of the group Artists and Athletes Against Apartheid, which is promoting a boycott of South Africa by performers and sports figures.

Janice Piccinini, President of the Maryland State Teachers Association, said members of the union put themselves up for arrest because, ″We cannot stand idly by while a morally blind government of the priviliged few denies children because of their race the opportunity to develop as free, educated men and women.″