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Cuban Prisoners / Riots / Atlanta, Georgia / Louisiana #106579

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 23, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Jarriel) Plan to return Cuban undesirables home recalled. Report introduced.

(Atlanta, Georgia: John Martin) Riot by Cuban prisoners in Atlanta, Georgia, prison reported; details given, scenes shown. [Relative Maria GARCIA - says inmates fear return to Cuba.] Fire noted spreading during siege in which hostages are held. Inmates said demanding explanation of new legislature that would deport them to Cuba. Long-term nature of problem of dealing with people caught between prison systems of 2 countries reported

(Oakdale, LA: Mike Von Fremd) Contd. holding of prison facility by Cuban detainees here reported; details given, scenes shown. Three prisoners said surrendering, but most said prepared for long siege. [Warden J.R. JOHNSON - explains threat to hostages.] Events of last Saturday's outbreak recalled; scenes shown of fires in prison. Inmates said demanding guarantees they can stay in United States before releasing hostages.

(Studio: Tom Jarriel) Federal prison system and US Immigration and Naturalization Services noted under authority of Justice Department Report introduced.

(DC: Dennis Troute) Announcement by Attorney General Edwin Meese that admin. will deal with rioting Cuban detainees reported [MEESE - offers to declare moratorium on return of Cubans.] Arrival of Cuban refugees in Mariel boatlift of 1980 recalled; scenes shown. Immigration rules said excluding Cubans held in prison. Friends and relatives of prisoners said preparing to go from Miami, Florida, to Washington, DC to protest situation. [Bureau of Prisons director Michael QUINLAN - expresses surprise at rioting.] Admin. said guaranteeing to review each case.

Jarriel, Tom;
Martin, John;
Troute, Dennis;
von Fremd, Mike

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