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Special Assignment (Polish Crisis and USSR ) #67240

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 27, 1980
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(Studio) Consequences of defying USSR by Hungary in 1956 and by Czechoslovakia in 1968 recalled; films shown. Probability that current Polish uprising won't lead to reforms in other Communist ntns. discussed. [Dr. Edwina MORTON - comments.] Challenges to Soviet leadership by China (PR), Afghanistan and impaired relations with United States noted; significance of Polish challenge discussed. Probable response to Soviet intervention in Poland by Hungary's Janos Kadar, Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu and E. German's Erich Honecker considered. [MORTON - comments on possible spread of Polish challenge.] Question of Cmsnt. workers' and govts.' response throughout eastern Europe noted. [MORTON - comments.] British adviser to Pentagon quoted with regard to danger point of Polish crisis; Edward Gierek mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) International Longshoremen's Association reported beginning boycott in United States of shipments to and from Poland as show of solidarity with Polish strikers; tonight's edition of "Nightline" announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank

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