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USSR / Gorbachev's Challenge: Communist Neighbors / Hungary and Poland #562442

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 26, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Warsaw, Poland: John Cochran) Hungarian music video called "Clap Your Hands for Mikhail Gorbachev" shown. [Communist party official George BARTA - favors Gorbachev's reforms.] Hungary noted restructuring economy years ago. Barta's wife, Susan, shown shopping for clothes. Glasnost's impact upon Hungarian communist party conference discussed; details given, scenes shown. Party leader Janos Kadar reported losing power in Hungary. Prof. Barta quoted with regard to duty to speak mind before conference [BARTA - warns against hurting Gorbachev.] Scenes shown of USSR crushing Hungarian revolt in 1956. Polish Solidarity member Janusz Ritl shown watching film from this month's strike; Lech Walesa mentioned. Gorbachev reported encouraging General Wojciech Jaruzelski to open dialogue with Solidarity. Janusz and Bozina Ritl reported married for many years; details given, scenes shown. Gorbachev's reforms noted welcomed by family. [Bozina RITL - (thru translator) comments on Gorbachev.] E. Europeans noted hoping that Gorbachev survives party in-fighting.

Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John

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