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Czechoslovakia Invasion / Film / Reaction #199377

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 23, 1968
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(Studio) Czechoslovakian President Ludvik Svoboda flies to Moscow to negotiate cntry.'s future. Tells Czechs to trust him; that he'd be back tonight. Not back yet. Czechs don't know whether to trust him or not. Svoboda means freedom in Russian and Czech.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt

(Budejovice, Czechoslovakia) White figures hanged in effigy shown. Labeled Novotny after Antonin Novotny, old-line Czech dictator whom Alexander Dubcek replaced. Signs put up as point of Czech passive resistance. Tanks shown. Swastikas placed on tanks. Hostile crowds in sts. Truck of Czech hecklers with sign "Svoboda" follows.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood Narrates

(Prague, Czechoslovakia) Everyone here in the sts. City 1 big protest against occupation. Youths climb on tanks, paint slogans on them and argue with Soviets. Soviets can't get Svoboda to endorse stooge government 3 Czech journalists appear on television for while to relate what they thought was going on.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood Narrates

(Bratislava, Czechoslovakia) Crowd shown marching through street Communist Party cars parade to show party not behind Dubcek and Svoboda unlike everyone else. Czech cameraman smuggles film out; message said to run film because we can't anymore.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood Narrates

(Studio) Work stoppage occurs in Prague for 1 hour Free Czech radio broadcast says Cestmir Cisar, 1 of Dubcek's liberal bloc, escaped Soviet captivity and is hidden somewhere in Czechoslovakia. Nothing known with regard to Dubcek.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt

Collingwood, Charles;
Kuralt, Charles

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