ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 07, 1977
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(Studio) Reports from Czechoslovakia say trial of 4 dissidents for subversion next week may be telling sign of political climate in country Dissatisfaction with Prague government is growing and government treats dissidents more harshly.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Belgrade, yugoslavia) USSR invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 noted. Details of life in Czechoslovakia for dissenters described. Underground film being narrated was taken clandestinely by amateur Czech cameraman and smuggled out of country Reports indicate campaign for human rights in country has widespread, if sometimes quiet, support. Some of those who have signed Charter 77, which states human rights in Czechoslovakia are being systematically denied, listed and results noted. Among them is war hero and Communist, former General Wilhelm Sachar, who was stripped of military rank and decorations. Sachar says West can help situation and President Carter should continue to take lead. [SACHAR - says Carter believes in human rights and tries to talk about them and fight for them in all world.] Cameraman shows via film that Czechoslovakia is supported by USSR tanks. At Belgrade conf., West ntns. have spoken out for Czech dissenters, but dissenters inside country often send message that words alone won't change anything.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
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