– June 7, 1986 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
June 7, 1986 – News from Haiti this day – growing unrest and a vow from Haitis Justice Minister to hold general Presidential elections in 18 months were doing very little to quell the outbreaks of violence all over the country. In a speech to be given later on in the day, Provisional Haitian leader, General Henri Namphy (who succeeded the ouster of Baby-Doc Duvalier) promised upcoming elections, but told the country was on the “brink of anarchy” as clashes between protestors and the Police were spiraling out of control and the army was “running out of patience“. With news of upcoming elections promised, the protests quieted down, at least temporarily, but everyone was taking a “wait and see” approach.
Meanwhile, a bloody week of observances of the 1984 assault on the Golden Temple of the Sikh religion by Indian Government troops came to a close, amid fresh bloodshed in what was seeming like an organized effort to oust non-Sikhs from the Sikh dominated Punjab State. Since May over 90 Hindus had died in attacks by Sikh militants.
And a trip to Beirut was being planned by Peggy Say, sister of kidnapped journalist Terry Anderson in the hopes of winning his release. Anderson had been held captive by militants since March of 1985. Expressing trepidation and goodly deal of fear over the trip, she told reporters it was a decision she had to make and was eventually relieved she made what she felt was the right decision. The State Department finally gave the okay for Say to travel to Beirut. She was expected to leave shortly.
And that’s just a little of what happened, this June 7, 1986 as reported by the CBS World News Roundup.
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