ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 25, 1977
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(Studio) West German industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer is buried; was killed by terrorists last week Remarks of West German president in eulogizing Schleyer noted; comments with regard to wave of terrorism now sweeping world. Meanwhile, there is assassination in Mid. East and takeover at Statue of Liberty.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Stuttgart, West Germany) Schleyer is given state funeral in Catholic mass held in Stuttgart; is 3rd state funeral in 6 mos., all result of urban terrorism. West German president Walter Scheel and Chancellor Helmut Schmidt join Mrs. Schleyer; Scheel's remarks cited. (Film of results of Schleyer kidnapping incident, in which 4 people were killed, shown.) Killings during kidnapping point up lengths to which German terrorists will go; this has led right wingers in country to demand tougher legislature for control and punishment of terrorists. However, this is just what terrorists want; they say use of police state methods will reveal truth with regard to society they believe already repressive. Govt.'s challenge is to solve this dilemma without threatening democrat
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Studio) Terrorist assassinates top official of United Arab Emirates, at Abu Dhabi airport. Is believed real target of shooting was to be Syria's foreign minister, who was ending visit; he escapes unharmed. Gunman is captured; isn't yet clear what prompted attack.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Studio) In New York City Harbor, State of Liberty is taken hostage.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(New York City) About 30 Puerto Rican ntlists. take over Statue of Liberty peacefully. Group tells visitors, staff and members of movie crew filming there to leave. [Actress Sharon TALBOT - notes crew about ready to start filming when ntlists. tell them they're taking over.] [Movie director Tom KANE - didn't believe group at first and even when he saw they were serious, noted ntlists. seemed as nervous as people.] On shore, friends wait for word by phone. [P.R. activist Vicente ALBA - tells newsmen to go out to island because they have something to say.] Coast Guard keeps reporters away from island, so ntlists. on shore read list of demands, include that for release of 4 terrorists remaining in prison for shooting up House in 1954. 5th member of that 1954 group was recently released from jail, as he is dying of cancer. [ALBA - was told by those at State that they wouldn't leave island until remaining 4 terrorists are released. Notes those on island not armed, but this doesn't mean they don't have right to take up arms.] Activists on island are ordered to leave, but there's no reported attempt tonight to force them to move.
REPORTER: John Martin