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Nicaragua / Contra Aid / Government #558880

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Jan 23, 1988
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(DC: Robin Lloyd) Position of President Reagan on opposition to his efforts to get aid to Contras in Nicaragua reported [On radio address, voice of REAGAN - says "phooey" on those who say vote for aid is vote against peace.] Repeated calls from Costa Rica President Oscar Arias that United States not offer more aid for fear Sandinistas will use issue to halt Central American peace plans recalled; scenes shown. Support of Congress Democrats for Arias' position noted. [Representative Lee HAMILTON - says Contra aid means more war.] Criticism of even Reagan's modified aid proposal noted. [Representative Rod CHANDLER - wants military aid held back.]

(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(Managua, Nicaragua: Ed Rabel) Incr. militancy of hardliners in President Dan. Ortega's Nicaraguan government reported; scenes shown of protests here. Stmt. by leader Bayardo Arce that leftist government will never surrender power quoted. [Conservative party president Mario RAPPACCIOLI - criticizes Ortega; explains reluctance to act against government] Indep. bdcstrs. fear of telling news because of government's response noted; station owner Jose Castillo's fear of being shut down if news broadcast detailed. [RAPPACCIOLI - comments.] Fear by opponents of government that government will not make good on plans for democrat in Nicaragua reported

Chung, Connie;
Lloyd, Robin;
Rabel, Ed

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