NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 29, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega reported remaining in power despite Reagan administration pressure. Noriega's drug indictments mentioned. Report introduced.
(DC: Chris Wallace) General strike opposing Noriega's rule reported failing in Panama City, Panama; details given, scenes shown. [Opposition leader Antonio ARIAS - comments on lack of organization] Reagan reported making speeches denouncing drug trafficking but never mentioning Panama. White House aides quoted on screen with regard to reprisals against Panama and Noriega. [Senator Edward KENNEDY - calls Panama country incrisis.] White House officials noted defending policy by citing OAS' lack of action as example of caution. United States ints. in Panama discussed; scenes shown. Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams noted urging tougher action against Panama while Reagan advrs. pushing for caution. [Johns Hopkins Univ. spokesperson Riordan ROETT - says Reagan sending confusing signals to Panama.] White House official quoted with regard to Noriega removal.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) [In DC, Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - criticizes Reagan administration caution with regard to Noriega and war on drugs; says Noriega is thug, killer and should be recognized as such; urges tough economy sanctions toward Panama; quotes President Eric Arturo Delvalle.]