ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 18, 1972
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(Studio) Uganda claims to have repelled Tanzanian invasion force of 1500. Uganda air force hits Tanzanian town near Lake Victoria, killing 4. Invasion force said made of refugees loyal to former President Milton Obote of Uganda, ousted by General Idi Amin. Uganda characterized. Asian alien role there noted. Uganda's ordering Asians out recalled.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Kampala, Uganda) Uganda Parliament building abandoned as democracy declines and freedoms fall. Expectations rose too high in 1962, when independence was gained. [Military parade film shown.] When miracles did not happen, democracy abandoned. New African ntns. said now to have turned to military dictatorships, or 1 party government General Idi Amin said prototype of military strong man. Background noted. Rule by "iron fist" said characteristic. Ceremonial diversions, endless round of public appearances said typical. [Film of ceremonies shown.] Amin, on this occasion, accompanied by ruler of Central African Republic, General Bokassa, who has declared self president for life and awarded himself, more medals than Napoleon, or Alexander the Great. [General AMIN - (in Uganda language) promises independence and real freedom.] Says throwing out Asians leaves Uganda free for Ugandans. Asians made scapegoats for failures of new nation Promises appeal to impoverished and illiterate country. For Uganda, second decade of freedom offers bleak prospects. [Film of native ceremony in Western dress shown.]
REPORTER: George Watson
(Studio) First Asians airlifted out of Uganda arrive in England. Many said robbed by Ugandan soldiers en route to airport. Asians hold British passport; expected to cause largest British airlift in years.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
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