CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 18, 1996
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(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The holding of hostages at the Japanese diplomatic compound in Lima, Peru, by the terrorist group Tupac Amaru featured; scenes shown from the compound area.
(Studio: Hilary Bowker, Bernard Shaw) Interview held with Steven Anderson, spokesman for the Red Cross, which is helping with the negotiations for the release of the hostages; scenes shown of some hostages leaving the compound. [ANDERSON - describes the role of the Red Cross as intermediaries in the negotiations.]
(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Report introduced.
(No location given: David Compton) The dramatic events in Peru after the terrorists seized control of the Japanese embassy reviewed; scenes shown from the streets of Lima. [Kumy MORIMOTO - (thru translator) describes what happened.] The group's demand that all Tupac Amaru members in prison be released noted.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Report introduced.
(Tokyo: May Lee) Telephone report on the Japanese reaction to the Peru hostage situation delineated; scenes shown from the Japanese compound area. The issue of a relationship between Japan and Peru, since President Alberto Fujimori is Japanese, noted.
(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Interview held with Boston University professor David Scott Palmer about the Tupac Amaru (MRTA) group. [Latin American analyst PALMER - says it is a small group formed in the 1980s that may now have 200 members; describes this hostage situation as designed to embarrass the government and demonstrate against the economic situation in Peru; suggests that the group is not likely to follow through on its threat to execute hostages; talks about the Shining Path guerrilla group and its difference from the more mainstream Tupac Amaru.]