ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 09, 1978
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(Studio) Upcoming report on French election campaigns mentioned. Contd. Pol. unrest in Nicaragua reported Assassination of President Somoza's top aide Reynado Perez Vega, and its effect on unrest outlined; army presence in Managua noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Nicaragua) Details of unrest in Masaya, Leon and Managua described. [SOMOZA - says government isn't losing grip. Cites reasons national guard has to be called out.] Human rights issue involved in conflict mentioned. Allegations that Somoza has used power to become wealthy and feeling of Nicaraguans about this noted; confirmation that Somoza owns national shipping and air lines, Mamenic and Lanica respectively, and other business, as well as those owned by his family, reported [SOMOZA - isn't ashamed of owning so much, because it creates jobs which help get country out of bad econ. state.] Conditions of poor in Nicaragua examined. Somoza's proposed changes in constitution to allow more opposition political ptys. and opposition to changes by one party now allowed to oppose government outlined. Nicaraguan group's attempts to create government-in-exile in San Jose, Costa Rica, detailed. [Opposition leader Father Miguel DESCOTO - thinks Nicaragua is in state of civil war.] President Carter's stand on human rights mentioned.
REPORTER: Geraldo Rivera