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Czechoslovakia / Johnson / USSR / Soldiers #1615

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 10, 1968
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(Studio) In American Legion, Johnson says Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia shows that peaceful world far away. To continue normalizing relations with Communist nations. Czech Premier Oldrich Cernik goes to Moscow and signs 2 agreements with Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin. Czechoslovakia and USSR will be trade partners for next 7 years and USSR to build natural gas pipeline to supply country Proclamation signed by Alexander Dubcek and read on television assures all that their safety is guaranteed and appeals to other Czechs to return home. Says country to continue on path taken in January; to build socialism with democratic and humanistic character. Mbr. Czech Presidium admits existence of anti-Soviet forces. He pledges that political activity outside Communist Party would be prohibited, press to be censored and travel restricted. Report on typical Russian Soldier.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Prague, Czechoslovakia) Soldiers' average age is 22. Usually healthy, but under-sized compared to Americans and probably of Asiatic origin. Weapons first class. Uniform warm, likely to be ill-fitting and usually dirty after weeks in field. Gets 1/4 pound bread and soup twice daily and drinks sugared tea. Sleeps under canvas or in tank. Can't enter public places. Czechs continue to ask soldiers why they're there.
REPORTER: Russell Jones

Jones, Russell;
Reynolds, Frank

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