NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 17, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Manuel Noriega reported breaking his silence after nullifying elec. results. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Ed Rabel) Opposition's general strike reported failing in Panama City, Panama, after Noriega's troops used intimidation measures to stop it. [Opposition presidential candidate Guillermo ENDARA - comments.] [On French TV, NORIEGA - (thru translator) blames United States for Panama's troubles.] Panamanian analysts quoted with regard to Noriega's power. Noriega's political plans discussed. Americans shown being evacuated from Panama.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Reporter John Cochran reported asserting that President Bush is prepared to use force against Noriega's troops if Americans are harmed. Organization of American States reported meeting in DC to discuss US-Panama situation; details given.