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Cuba / Pol. Prisoner Release Plan #51800

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 22, 1978
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(Studio) Cuban President Fidel Castro's announcement of intention to free about 3000 political prisoners, who, it's reported, would like to go to US.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Havana, Cuba) Details of Castro's decision about releasing political prisoners, relaxing travel restrictions for Cubans and freer emigration rights for ex-pol. prisoners and families given. Castro's plans for releasing prisoners, if United States accepts them, stated. [Exile communist leader Bernardo BENES - says many of these people were asked by United States government to participate in actions against Castro government Urges fellow citizens to support this human rights offer from Cuba.] State Department response noted. Castro's comments that recent United States complaints about USSR MiG-23's in Cuba won't have effect on release plan reported United States government's consideration of Cuban political prisoners' immigration and parole described. Justice Department said expected to continue screening them at rate of 50 per month Possible need for congress action to expedite process mentioned.
REPORTER: Bob Sirkin

(Studio) General impressions of Castro's action outlined. Issue of United States trade embargo mentioned. Planned attempts by Cuban exiles to convince President Carter that immigration process should be speeded up. Info. learned that no more spy flights over Cuba will be held for present stated.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Sirkin, Bob

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