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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.

Reporter(s):
Donaldson, Sam;
Inderfurth, Rick;
McCarthy, Lark
Duration:
00:04:40

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