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US-USSR Relations / Protests / Washington, DC / Moscow #107279

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 06, 1987
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(DC: Lark McCarthy) Protest by American Jewish coalition in Washington, DC about USSR policy on emigration of Jews reported; details given, scenes shown. [Vice President George BUSH - calls for Mikhail Gorbachev to let these people go.] Letter by President Reagan said sent to protesters promising to raise human rights issue during US-USSR summit talks. [National Conf. on Soviet Jewry spokesperson Morris ABRAM - says so far "glasnost" has not applied to Jews.] [Senator Robert DOLE, New York City Mayor Edward KOCH - calls for emigration for Jews.] [Ex-refusenik Natan SCHARANSKY - wants USSR to open gates.] Call for long-lasting change in Soviet emigration policy reported

(Moscow, USSR : Rick Inderfurth) Protest by USSR Jewish "refuseniks" in Moscow to demand exit visas reported; details given, scenes shown. Counterdemonstrators said brought in by government Skirmish between authorities and West reporters, include CNN's Peter Arnett, shown. [WOMAN - wants to emigrate.] Gathering of refuseniks, who will be allowed to emigrate, at Moscow airport reported; scenes shown. [Soviet dissident Ghenia YAKIR - says some people still don't know.] Pol. motivation behind pre-summit releases of emigres discussed.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Soviet official Georgi Arbatov reported stating Moscow demonstration was staged for West TV. Soviet official Gennady Gerasimov reported stating those not allowed to leave possessed state secrets.

Donaldson, Sam;
Inderfurth, Rick;
McCarthy, Lark

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