NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 07, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Econ. pressure upon Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega reported increase United States judge reported extending freeze upon millions of Panamanian dollars in American banks. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Dan Molina) Panamanians shown protesting economy crisis in Panama City. People reported feeling helpless and frightened. [MAN - says desperate for money.] Retirees noted unable to cash Social Security checks. [MAN - says there's no money.] Noriega noted attempting to control situation by sending money to cash retirees' checks. Troops noted remaining supportive of Noriega. Ousted president Eric Arturo Delvalle noted silent since last Friday [Wife Mariella DELVALLE - says Noriega to blame for economy crisis.] Noriega supporters shown demonstrating.