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European Terrorism / South Moluccans' Trial / West German Kidnapping #50630

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 09, 1977
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(London, England) 2 European cntries. deal with terrorists today. In West Germany, Baader-Meinhoff terrorists continue to hold busman. In Netherlands, trial is ended for South Moluccan terrorists who seized train and school in May.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Assen, The Netherlands) Report on unrest, shootings and rioting by South Moluccans in Assen, Netherlands.
REPORTER: Mike Taibbi

(Studio) British Prime Min. James Callaghan was to have gone to West Germany to meet with Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, but due to kidnapping of German industrialist and involvement of government in negotiations, Callaghan hasn't gone. Hanns Martin Schleyer has been captive of urban guerrilla group all week; demands noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Bonn, West Germany) German government has blocked all news of incident; however, photograph of Schleyer, sent by kidnappers to prove he's still alive, was shown on television earlier. In photo, he wore sign saying he is prisoner of Red Army Faction (RAF). Details of government activity in case noted. (German television film shown.) This is 3rd such terrorist incident in 6 mos., all involving Baader-Meinhoff group.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

(London, England) Report on Baader-Meinhoff gang. Jnlist. Ulricke Meinhoff committed suicide in jail cell little over year ago; co-terrorist Andreas Baader was arrested in 1972, and is serving life sentence for murder. Differing theories with regard to reasons for group's terrorism noted, include protests of capitalism and United States presence in Vietnam. Book on gang, "Hitler's Children", was written by Jillian Becker. [BECKER - describes gang mbrs.; compares gang to Nazism, with few differences.] West Germans have, for most part, been revolted by group's violence, like attack and killing at German embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. However, sometimes questionable police methods of fighting gang have led Germans to question selves. Germany's situation with terrorists is watched closely by other govts. to see what outcome will be.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Brown, Hilary;
Jennings, Peter;
Taibbi, Mike

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