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Panama / Noriega Issue #561096

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 01, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega's drug indictments and subsequent events in country recalled. Report introduced.

(Panama City, Panama: Ed Rabel) Noriega's forces shown meeting opposition protests with gunfire and tear gas in Panama City; details given, scenes shown. Mil. noted also closing independent radio station General strike noted not paralyzing econ. enough to drive Noriega out ofpower. Noriega's supporters shown chanting that United States behind strike. Nation's poor mentioned mostly supportive of Noriega. National Assembly salaries given; group's ousting of President Eric Arturo Delvalle recalled. Noriega's childhood detailed. Panamanian poor noted believing Noriega shares similar heritage. Panamanian army featured; military's support of Noriega emphasized. Experts quoted with regard to general strike's inability to handle situation.

Brokaw, Tom;
Rabel, Ed

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