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Czechoslovakia #115837

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 26, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Stmt. by Mikhail Gorbachev about "ripple effect" of freedoms in USSR on other ntns. in Soviet bloc cited. Soviet bloc nation of Czechoslovakia featured; scenes shown from Prague. [Czech television news foreign editor Jeri JAMBOR - recalls the '68 program.] Historical film shown of USSR tanks in Prague Sq. in 1968, sent in by Leonid Brezhnev to crush Czech experiment. [JAMBOR - describes Czech opposition to "glasnost."] Soviet bloc term "internal immigration," or retreating into one's own private world, described; scenes shown of Czech musicians. [Czech dissident Jan URBAN - says you must choose to agree in public or to disagree; explains price that dissidents pay here.] Econ. conds. and pols. in Czechoslovakia detailed; scenes shown of huge, ancient clock in town square Czechs fear of USSR reiterated.

Jennings, Peter

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