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Romania / Massacre / Soviet President Coverage #120205

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 21, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Budapest, Hungary: Dennis Troute) Repressive action in Romania against demonstrators featured; scenes shown of protest in Bucharest, Romania, while leader Nicolae Ceausescu was making speech. [Journalist Richard BALOUS - describes police reaction to crowds.] [Voice of British embassy's Jonathan LAMB - reports dead bodies there.] Reports from travellers who had been in Romania about violence there detailed. [Disguised MAN - (thru translator) says security forces shot soldiers who refused to shoot a woman.] Scenes shown of protest in Budapest, Hungary, in which Ceausescu was hanged in effigy.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR : Jim Laurie) Extensive media coverage of unrest in Romania in USSR and reaction in Eastern bloc featured; Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's refusal to comment on events in Romania noted; details given. Denouncement of Romanian government by other East European nations detailed; scenes shown of demonstrations in East Germany and in Yugoslavia.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) State Department reported calling it a "massacre."

Jennings, Peter;
Laurie, Jim;
Troute, Dennis

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