CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 22, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan and State Department officials reported rejecting Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega's proposal to resign from military post but still maintain control over government State Department official quoted. Opposition leaders in Panama quoted. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Doug Tunnell) Panamanian troops shown patrolling lines at gas stations; rumors reported abounding with regard to fuel shortages. General strike noted continuing. Noriega's strategy of easing pressure upon his regime noted failing. [Min. of commerce Mario ROGNONI - says United States has no right to decide Panamanian issues.] Some Panamanians noted calling for American withdrawal from Panama. [Panama Canal employment Joe CICERO - says leaving region.] [Wife Marsha CICERO - says Americans no longer welcome in Panama.] Tensions between United States and Panama noted escalating. [WOMAN - says United States needs to do what did in Grenada.] Sources noted asserting approximately half of Panamanians would support United States military intervention to oust Noriega. [WOMAN - urges United States to help because doesn't want country to be like Nicaragua or El Salvador.] Panamanians noted confused with regard to United States troops being in Honduras while their country remains in crisis.