NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 23, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. siege of National Palace in Nicaragua by terrorists noted; demands reported Negotiations with guerrillas by Roman Catholic archbishop of Managua stated.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Managua, Nicaragua) Details given about seizure of National Palace by terrorists opposed to regime of President Anastasio Somoza and continued holding of building and some hostages. Terrorists noted as members of Sandinista guerrilla group. [Nicaraguan government official Remy RENER - says guerrillas killed innocent people in takeover of palace.] Escapes of some hostages who barricaded selves in office when terrorists entered building described.
REPORTER: Fred Francis
(Studio) Sandinista guerrillas reported to have taken name from revolutionary leader Augusto Cesar Sandino who fought United States Marine occupation of Nicaragua in 1920's and 1930's. Sandino's assassination by Nicaraguan national guard in 1934, with approval of guard commander, General Anastasio Somoza, noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(DC) Background report on Somoza family rule of Nicaragua. Films shown. Presidencies of Anastasio Somoza's father, brother Luis, and apparent preparations for son, Anastasio III, to succeed him noted. Rioting in country after 1978 assassination of opposition newspaper publisher Pedro Joaquin Chamorro given as example of political unrest now in Nicaragua. Somoza's graduation from West Point and connections in United States described.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani
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