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Uganda / Deaths / Coup Plot #250458

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 17, 1977
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(Studio) Uganda government reports death of black Anglican archbishop of country and 2 others in car accident after being arrested for allegedly plotting to overthrow President Idi Amin. Archbishop Janani Luwum and 2 others rptdly. tried to overpower driver of car in escape attempt.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Universal disbelief of Uganda story noted. In London, Archbishop of Canterbury rejects it. [Archbishop Donald COGGAN - says Luwum and others have stood for beliefs, but peacefully. Says he doesn't believe Luwum involved in coup attempt.] Only United States reaction so far from United Nations ambassador Andrew Young. [YOUNG - says archbishop's death is assassination as are certain actions coming in reports from South Africa. Says public opinion must condemn such actions.] United Nations Human Rights Cmsn., in session in Geneva, is asked to study matter. If commission finds Uganda engaged in pattern of such violations of human rights, United Nations action could result.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet (BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) newsfilm)

Cronkite, Walter;
Hottelet, Richard C.

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