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Panama / Noriega / Economy Conds. #561155

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 14, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Econ. pressure upon Panama due to general Manuel Antonio Noriega's refusal to resign reported hurting average citizens most. Report introduced.

(Panama City, Panama: Dan Molina) Noriega's troops shown firing tear gas and guns into crowded Panama City sts. Dockworkers shown striking after Noriega's proposal to pay them with government bonds and uncashable checks. [WORKER - says needs money to support family.] Schoolteachers shown protesting in sts.; details given. Some government empls. noted receiving bags of food. Nurses shown protesting. Unrest reported growing as people become more desperate for money.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw; DC: Fred Francis) United States reported increase action against Panama. Pentagon reported sending moderate reinforcements into Panama Canal area; details given. Action noted symbol to Noriega that United States willing to protect ints. in region.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Noriega reported allegedly seeking sanctuary offer from Spain. Noriega aide noted denying assertion. White House officials quoted re: possibility of Noriega going to Spain.

Brokaw, Tom;
Molina, Dan

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