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Czechoslovakia / Peoples' Reaction / Film #199437

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 28, 1968
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(Studio) National Assembly rejects USSR - Czech agreement. Say occupation illegal and demand withdrawal. People don't accept agreement either.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt

(Prague, Czechoslovakia) Tanks not in Wenceslas Sq. anymore, but are on outskirts of city. President Ludvik Svoboda tells people there'll be gradual pullout. [BYSTANDER - says we'll be occupied for years We'll fight.] [2nd BYSTANDER - says people very angry.] [3rd BYSTANDER - says we'll demonstrate in passive resistance. Won't accept this as cross to bear. Don't know anyone who will.] 3rd bystander asks crowd in Czech if they would accept occupation. People say no. [3rd BYSTANDER - calls it same situation as Munich in 1938.]
REPORTER: Peter Kalischer

(Prague, Czechoslovakia) Rptd. Soviets told Svoboda and Communist Party leader Alexander Dubcek to capitulate or Czechoslovakia would be massacred. Soviets here for long time. Speech just given condemns leadership for capitulation.
REPORTER: Morley Safer

(Brno, Czechoslovakia) Soviets never expected all Czechs to be thinking same things. Center of town covered with anti-Soviet slogans. Czech - Soviet friendship society out of business [BYSTANDER - feels Soviets surprised we were against them. All nation against Soviet Army. Impt. that our Communist Party against Russians and ask Soviet government to make them leave cntry.] Illegal newspapers sold in sts. People here sticking together in wanting freedom.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

(Kladno, Czechoslovakia) 1/2 20,000 workers are Communist Party members 75% steel goes to USSR and E. bloc ntns. [Steel Worker Anton SVELCH - says will deliver contracts within Czechoslovakia but won't deliver to USSR or E. bloc.] Workers listen to underground radio and watch bulletin board 18,000 sign "Soviets go home" and "we want Dubcek and Svoboda" petitions. Anti-Soviet signs shown and interpreted. [SVELCH - says Soviet and Communist leaders aren't good men. If Soviets pulled out, would take long time to get relations as they were with USSR and E. ntns.] Communist Soviet leaders stopped Communist revolutionary zeal but stoked fires of ntlism.
REPORTER: Peter Kalischer

(Studio) Dubcek was talking on telephone trying to learn about invasion when arrested. Taken to secret destination before trip to USSR .
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt

Kalischer, Peter;
Kuralt, Charles;
McLaughlin, Bill;
Safer, Morley

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