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Czechoslovakia Invasion / Film / Pravda #199365

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 22, 1968
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(Studio) 200,000 Soviet-led occupying forces being resisted by Czechoslovakians. USSR says some Czechs have set fires, burned military vehicles and disrupted transportation and communication facilities. 1 report says 10 killed in sporadic fighting. 20,000 in Prague gather in main square and shout approval of liberal Czech leader, Alexander Dubcek and denounced Soviet presence. Troops aim over their heads to disperse crowd. Underground radio says secret meeting of 1,000 Czechoslovakia's 1,500 Communist Party representatives resulted in ultimatum for Soviets to get out or face general strike. USSR says Czechoslovakia will have to live under military rule unless regime to USSR 's liking set up. 3 members of Czech 11-mbr. Presidium aligned selves with USSR . President Ludvik Svoboda rptdly. presumed to support regime. Associated Press reports Premier Oldrich Cernik taken to Prague airport in armored car and flown to undisclosed place. Feared Dubcek may share same fate as Hungary Premier executed for his point in 1956 uprising. Film shot by Austrian cameramen.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Prague, Czechoslovakia) Soviet troops and tanks shown on sts. Students and people protest and argue with soldiers. Swastikas drawn on tanks. Students carry flags covered with blood of colleagues. Sign in Wenceslaus Square "Russians go home" and "Long live Dubcek and Svoboda". Crowds mill about sts. Burning tank and truck shown. Czech television director 1 of last Czechs to leave cntry., brought film out. Sts. blockaded by students. Some students killed. Ambulance comes in for wounded. Soviets scatter students by firing over their hds. Students bait Soviets with slogans and flag. Some of Soviet troops look more frightened than the Czechs. Soviet riot control tactics used to move crowd. Scene reminiscent of Budapest.
REPORTER: Morley Safer Narrates

(Studio) Moscow newspaper accuses Dubcek of treason to Communist cause. "Pravda" says Dubcek responsible for encouraging counter revolution and Soviet leaders realized things out of control at last month's summit meeting in Cierna, Czechoslovakia. "Pravda" says no choice but to invade.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Safer, Morley

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