NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 11, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Bush reported sending more troops to Panama after yesterday's violence against opposition leaders; details of fraudulent election given. Bush's orders outlined on screen. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Ed Rabel) Manuel Noriega's dignity battalions reported inciting violence in Panama City, Panama; details given, scenes shown of opposition cands. Guillermo Endara and Guillermo Ford being injured. Noriega's election tribunal reported nullifying vote. Dependents of American embassy empls. reported being moved to American military bases. [US embassy spokesperson Terrance KNEEBONE - comments.] [American WOMAN - says she is afraid.] Dignity battalions reported armed and roaming sts. [Ambassador Arthur DAVIS - says battalion members are really soldiers.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Bush's approach to situation in Panama reported two-tiered. Report introduced
(DC: John Cochran) Bush reported asserting that he is not attempting to topple Noriega government but to protect Americans from Noriega's thugs. [BUSH - explains plan.] Bush reported informing Congress leaders of his plans prior to announcing them. [Senators Robert DOLE, George MITCHELL, Alan CRANSTON, Christopher DODD, Representative Stephen SOLARZ -support Bush.] [Senator John DANFORTH - doesn't believe that Noriega will resign.] United States intervention in Latin American reviewed; historic scenes shown. Jimmy Carter reported urging Latin American leaders to support Bush against Noriega. [BUSH - comments.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw, DC: Fred Francis) Modest nature of this military response discussed. Bush advrs. noted asserting that more troops will be sent to Panama if necessary.