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Central America / Guatemala Coup / Big Pine II #292667

CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 08, 1983
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(Studio) Guatemala defense minister Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores reported leader of coup overthrowing cntry.'s Christian leader Efrain Rios Montt.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Guatemala City, Guatemala) Details given with regard to coup; film shown. Involvement of religious groups in Rios Montt's government noted.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner

(DC) Background report on Rios Montt's government given. File films shown. Rios Montt noted to be member of Church of the Word of Eureka, California. Conflicting feelings with regard to Rios Montt within Guatemalan army and among people and Catholic Church outlined. Incidents surrounding visit of Pope John Paul II recalled. Opposing positions of United States administration and Congress with regard to aid to Guatemala and human rights situation there noted. President Reagan's remarks quoted.

(Studio) Report on joint United States-Honduran military exercises, called Big Pine II, introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Tegucigalpa, Honduras) Concerns of Hondurans with regard to United States presence there noted. [Opposition congress Efrain DIAZ ARRILLAGA - states concerns.] Welcome by other Hondurans to United States troops said due to leftist influence in region. [United States Southern Command spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel James STRACHAN - says Hondurans feel threatened by USSR involvement in Nicaragua.] United States training said to also include personnel from El Salvador. [DIAZ ARRILLAGA - comments.]
REPORTER: John Blackstone

Blackstone, John;
Rather, Dan;
Simon, Bob;
Wagner, Richard

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