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Czechoslovakia Invasion / Svoboda / Dubcek / Border #1415

ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 23, 1968
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(Studio) Negotiations between Czechoslovakian President Ludvik Svoboda and Soviet leaders to continue Saturday In Prague, Svoboda says making trip of own free will; not forced to go. Given ceremonial welcome in Moscow. Photo shows him with Premier Aleksei Kosygin, President Nikolai Podgorny and Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev. Signs say: "welcome to our Czech friends".
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Bratislava, Czechoslovakia) Svoboda and Soviet leaders shown at August 3 meeting where Czech - Soviet friendship proclaimed. Not known where head Czech Communist Party, Alexander Dubcek is. Pointed out in film.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds Narrates

(Studio) Czech underground radio says Dubcek's mother talked to commanding Soviet general about her son. He rptdly. said Dubcek not under arrest and Soviets negotiating with him. General also says Dubcek hadn't kept his word. Radio reports Dubcek ally escapes from Soviets and is hiding out. 1 hr. general strike occurs in Czechoslovakia as resistance. Czech border guards attack strike sign at border.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Czechoslovakia - Austria Border) Reporter, Russell Jones, tries to get past check point. Czech consulate issued groups visas, but they were refused. Americans having no trouble getting out.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds Narrates Russell Jones

(Vienna, Austria) 23 nationalities at railroad station [AMERICAN - describes Soviet military hardware. Soviets confiscated his and other's film.] [CZECH - says people should know Soviets were aggressors and behaved very badly.]
REPORTER: Russell Jones

Jones, Russell;
Reynolds, Frank

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