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Special Assignment (African National Cong.) #105794

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 08, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Comments on African National Congressional leader Oliver Tambo on organization's 75th anniversary quoted; details given, scenes shown. United States ambassador mentioned attending ANC ceremony in Zambia.

(Lasaka, Zambia: Jim Hickey) ANC's history and role in South Africa's campaign against apartheid examined; details given, scenes shown. [June 12, 1986, President Pieter West BOTHA - accuses ANC of seeking violent overthrow of South Africa's government] Jailed ANC leader Nelson Mandela's development of Freedom Charter discussed; effect on ANC's tactics of 1960 Sharpeville police massacre of nonviolent and unarmed peace protesters reviewed. [TAMBO - explains ANC's goals.] [ANC spokesperson Joe MODISE - wants to arm organization's supporters.] South African government's allegation that ANC is USSR arm outlined. [TAMBO - claims international support, both communist and noncommunist] Undersecretary state Michael Armacost's Christmas-wk. meeting with ANC representatives said indicating change in United States policy. [ARMACOST - notes ANC's importance in region.] Risks to ANC of developing ties with United States explained.

Hickey, Jim;
Jennings, Peter

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