CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 23, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev reported ordering police to restore order in Armenia and Azerbaijan, USSR . Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : Barry Petersen) Armenian demonstrations shown. Gorbachev's resolution before parliament reported being perceived as severe response; resolution quoted. Gorbachev noted not making any references to land partition. Protestors' demands cited. Non-Russian citizens reported projected to outnumber Russians by turn of century; details given, scenes shown. [USSR expert Alex PRAVDA - says pressuring central authorities isn't effective in USSR .] Gorbachev's democrat rhetoric reported being blamed for uprisings. Gorbachev quoted with regard to past leaders' errors in dealing with problems. Gorbachev noted now castigating those people who believed in his glasnost policy.
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