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Czechoslovakia / Agreement / Films #1459

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 27, 1968
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(Studio) Czech leaders return from Moscow agreeing to gradual withdrawal of occupying troops. Party Secretary Alexander Dubcek and President Ludvik Svoboda speak to Czechs by radio and call for order, discipline and calm. Underground radio denounces agreement and urges people to denounce it. West Germany says Soviet troops along Czech - West Germany and Austria's borders.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(prague, Czechoslovakia) President Czech. National Assembly, Josef Smrkovsky 1 of those who negotiated in USSR . People cheer and weep when he leaves car. Underground radio refuses to call it victory; says agreement made under great pressure. Czech Free Radio tells people to turn it down. Radio demands all troops be pulled out before agreement formalized. Agreement says USSR or allies won't interfere in internal affairs but believed Czechs agree to new censorship and to ban new political opposition. Soviet reinforcements brought back in after 1,000s Czechs demand rejection of agreement.
REPORTER: Roger Grimsby

(Bratislava, Czechoslovakia) People cheered at news of leaders' return. At secret Communist Party Congress last night, reported Dubcek paid big price for Czech freedom. Czechs wept and voted to keep fighting for freedom. Tanks pulled out of cities but not far away. Some fighting reported here.
REPORTER: Bill Beutel

Beutel, Bill;
Grimsby, Roger;
Reynolds, Frank

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