NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 20, 1983
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(Studio) Apparent assassination of Grenada Prime Min. Maurice Bishop by coup leaders who replaced him reported; details given. President Reagan's concern over new Grenada airstrip's alleged use for USSR military planes recalled.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Miami, Florida) Current status of new Grenada government examined. [Grenada radio ANNOUNCER - warns public against demonstrations.] Power struggle between Bishop and deputy prime minister Bernard Coard and General Hudson Austin examined; Bishop's death, as well as those of his supporters, discussed. [Voice of Mrs. Norris BAIN - describes situation prior to killings; remarks transcribed on screen.] Bishop's relationship with Fidel Castro and extremism of Grenada's new leaders noted source of Reagan administration concern; details given. No. Americans currently on Grenada thought primarily medical students such as Jonathan Beck. [Beck's MOTHER - is apprehensive due to lack of contact with son.] Current confusion in region noted.
REPORTER: Robin Lloyd