NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 21, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Opposition to Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega reported organizing successful economy strike against him. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Ed Rabel) General strike in Panama City featured; details given, scenes shown. Noriega reported expected to retire under US pressure. United States noted unable to extradite Noriega under Panamanian law. President Manuel Solis Palma expected to make announcement with regard to Noriega's resignation. Palma's new government noted excluding ousted President Eric Arturo Delvalle. Noriega's plan reported being able to control government behind scenes. [Opposition pol. Luis CASCO ARIAS - says Noriega is desperate.] General citizenry noted not yet informed of Noriega's decision; possible reactions discussed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw, DC: John Cochran) United States officials' reactions to Noriega's plan discussed. Officials reported only willing to accept Delvalle as Panama's president US officials quoted. Senator Richard Lugar quoted. Noriega's fins. assessed. State Department officials reported urging Panamanian military to oppose Noriega.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Pentagon officials quoted with regard to increase military personnel in Panama Canal zone.