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Cuban Prisoners / Riots / Atlanta, Georgia / Louisiana #553867

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 26, 1987
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(Atlanta, Georgia: Ed Rabel) Scenes shown of some Cuban inmates surrender after riots in Atlanta federal penitentiary; details given. Official comments quoted with regard to surrender of remaining inmates. Official assertion that few Cubans held in Atlanta face deportation noted. [Prisons director Michael QUINLAN - is encouraged.] Photos shown of inmate leader Jose Pepito Eran. [Eran's common- law wife MARIA -says husband wants freedom and to be with family.] Eran said undesirable from 1980 Mariel boatlift. [MARIA - says Marielitos are human.] Jonesboro, Georgia, hostage Charles Stanton's wife Elita shown. Stanton family said not having Thanksgiving until Charles freed. [ELITA - says this Thanksgiving they hope to forget.] Reporters shown entering prison. Inmates' children shown praying.

(Oakdale, LA: Steve Delaney) Law enforcement authorities reported considering demands proposed by Cuban inmates in Oakdale, Louisiana Detention Center Detainees' quoted with regard to desire to be free. Miami, Florida, radio commentator Thomas Garcia Fuste named as negotiator. [FUSTE - (thru translator) says everyone hopes for peaceful solution.] Inmates' food supply cited. [Justice Department Mark SHEEHAN - says all possible being done.] Thanksgiving Day's impact noted on hostage families. Scenes shown of families leaving prayer service for hostages.

(Studio: Connie Chung) Attorney General Edwin Meese's calls to hostage families mentioned.

Chung, Connie;
Delaney, Steve;
Rabel, Ed

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