CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 20, 1983
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(Studio) Extremist Grenada leaders reported allegedly assassinating prime minister and seizing control.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) [Grenada radio ANNOUNCER - warns of consequences of demonstrations.] Prime Min. Maurice Bishop and several allies said killed by coup perpetrators; President Reagan's claim of increasing USSR and Cuban influence in Caribbean basin recalled focusing on Grenada. Apparent power struggle between Bishop and deputy prime minister Bernard Coard over role of Cuban influence in government discussed; films, photos shown. Concern for safety of Americans in Grenada, most associated with United States-run medical school there, noted. [Saint George's Medical School spokesperson Dr. Charles MODICA - is concerned for students' and faculty's safety.] Reagan administration said announcing contingency plans to evacuate Americans if necessary.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
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