NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 03, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) General Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay, reported overthrown during military coup. Report introduced.
(DC: John Dancy) General Andres Rodriguez reported new president of Paraguay; details given of coup, scenes shown. Stroessner's regime discussed; human rights abuses noted. Stroessner recalled allowing Nazi criminal Dr. Joseph Mengele refuge in Paraguay. Roman Catholic Church officials noted leading much of opposition to Stroessner. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - welcomes move toward democrat in Paraguay.] Rodriguez reported allegedly involved in drug smuggling. [Council on Hemispheric Affairs spokesperson Richard WHITE - questions sources of Rodriguez's personal wealth.]