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USSR / Lithuania Independence #127566

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 24, 1990
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(Studio: Barry Serafin) Comments from national security adviser Brent Scowcroft and Vice President Dan Quayle on threat of Soviets' use of force in Lithuania noted.

(Vilnius, Lithuania: Jim Hickey) Show of force by USSR in independence- minded Lithuania featured; scenes shown from capital of Vilnius, Lithuania, USSR . [Lithuanian President Vytautas LANDSBERGIS - (thru translator) says we felt like an occupied country.] Issue of Lithuanian deserters from Soviet army detailed.

(Studio: Barry Serafin) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Jim Laurie) Question of what President Mikhail Gorbachev will do examined; scenes shown from coverage of events on Soviet television and from Communist party congress in Estonia, which is making its own more moderate demands for independence. [Estonian Communist party leader Mikk TITMA - talks about negotiating with Gorbachev.] Continuation of "war of nerves" noted.

(Studio: Barry Serafin) Rallies across the nation by Lithuanian- Americans reported; scenes shown from demonstration in Washington, DC. Coverage of topic on "This Week" mentioned.

Hickey, Jim;
Laurie, Jim;
Serafin, Barry

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