After her lawyers' passports had been revoked and she had been refused permission to leave JFK airport, New York for Jordan, Mrs Sirhan, mother of Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Robert Kennedy, talked emotionally to reporters today about this week's hijackings.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: QUESTION: "Can we hear from Mrs Sirhan how she feels about the hijacking?
ANSWER: Well the hijackings is a very bad thing. These guerrillas, people call them guerrillas, and if you know what a guerrilla means, he is a man with no place, no house, no home, but he is a family man and where he has no government of his own, no nothing, so he has been tormented for 22 years, sleeping under the heavens and their beds are on the ground, the cribs for babies, even the ground, and there are nowhere to turn, nobody will listen to them. What can they do, if one of us is in that position, what will you do.
QUESTION: Are you going to ask them not to blow up those aircraft?
ANSWER: Yes, I will plea for them, every life which is lost is a shame really on us to make it or to let it happen, when we have minds to do everything to help to make peace, instead of to have bloodshed after blood, to try and make peace in the whole world, the world needs every one of us here. We have been able to go up to the moon, we are a great country here, and I am proud of it.
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Background: After her lawyers' passports had been revoked and she had been refused permission to leave JFK airport, New York for Jordan, Mrs Sirhan, mother of Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Robert Kennedy, talked emotionally to reporters today about this week's hijackings.
Mrs Sirhan, accompanied by two lawyers, decided to fly to Jordan in order to speak to guerrilla leaders. Having heard many conflicting reports on whether or not the guerrillas were demanding the release of her son, Mrs Sirhan wanted to find out for herself. She is also very concerned about the plight of the hostages. She said she hoped to use her position as the mother of one of the guerrillas's heroes, to persuade guerrilla leaders against killing the hostages.
After her lawyer had spoken about the sudden refusal of the authorities to allow them to leave the country, Mrs Sirhan answered reporters questions.