ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 18, 1977
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(Studio) Difficulty of criticizing Communist system from within system noted. E. German and Czechoslovakian revolts of 1950's and more recent writings and speeches by dissidents in USSR , Czechoslovakia and Romania cited as exs. Recent criticism has produced crackdown In Communist cntries. involved and President Carter has thrust administration and United States into battle of words.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(DC) Carter has said he'll not be timid with regard to insisting on human rights in USSR , and though only symbolic, protest has already produced strong USSR reaction. After Carter wrote letter to Andrei Sakharov, Soviet ambassador went to State Department to complain. Today Vladimir Bukovsky arrives in US; meeting with President fairly certain and Tuesday he's to meet with Vice President Mondale. (Film of Mondale speech at Moorehead, Minnesota, shown.) [MONDALE - says some difficulty may be caused but it's better to be clear and speak out on these issues than not.] Dissident supporters in United States praise Carter's actions, though they say they realize it will cause more repression in USSR . [Dissident editor Yuri OLKHOVSKY - says more support needed and notes Secretary of State of previous administration didn't seem to think so. Quotes Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's words with regard to outside interference.] Though Carter says issue can be kept separate from other US-USSR issues, few outside admin. feel so and say action could hurt chances of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson
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