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USSR / Lithuania Independence #573999

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 24, 1990
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.

(Vilnius: Peter Kent) Continuation of war of nerves as President Mikhail Gorbachev sent tanks into independence-minded Lithuania as show of force featured; scenes shown from Vilnius, Lithuania, USSR . [Lithuanian President Vytautas LANDSBERGIS - (thru translator) says it is like an occupation.] [Two LITHUANIANS - comment.] New government's sheltering of conscripts who have deserted from Soviet army detailed. [RECRUITER - (thru translator) says Gorbachev has no authority here.] Gorbachev's order for confiscation of firearms recalled. Lithuanians' willingness to push for freedom lost to USSR in 1940s discussed.

(Studio: Garrick Utley; Moscow: Bob Abernethy; Vilnius: Peter Kent) Analysis given of Gorbachev's likely course of action in Lithuania and of Lithuania's response to Gorbachev's decrees so far.

(Studio: Garrick Utley) Response from Vice President Dan Quayle to events in Lithuania reported; scenes shown from protest in Washington, DC, by Lithuanian-Americans.

Abernethy, Bob;
Kent, Peter;
Utley, Garrick

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