CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 30, 1968
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(Studio) For. Min. Netherlands, Joseph Luns, says NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) intelligence says Soviet troops concentrating on Romania's border and in Hungary. Czechoslovakians recall how Soviets gathered on their border before invasion. Last underground radio stations went off air today. Premier warns that Soviets have drawn up list of 2,000 intellectuals who might be arrested. Rptd. Czech Communist Party's Central Committee to meet Saturday to elect new Presidium. Resistance muted.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt
(Prague, Czechoslovakia) Resistance is now information bulletins, petitions and resolutions. People pin hopes on leaders Spk. of help from China, but know rest of world can't help them. [BYSTANDER - says not sure we can get any help except from own cntry.] [2nd BYSTANDER - realize world treats this like internal matter. Many declarations and boycotts of USSR can help. Maybe China can help.] [3rd BYSTANDER - says doesn't believe China can help. They don't care about us and are concerned with internal affairs.]
REPORTER: Peter Kalischer
(Prague, Czechoslovakia) Change in people from open defiance to passive resistance to despair.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt Narrates
(Pilsen, Czechoslovakia) City is steel and beer capital of country Biggest employing plant, Skoda, shown. Plant mgrs. threw out some Soviet officers who demanded to speak to men. [Plant REP. - says realizes situation serious and any resistance would be of no use.] Huge public display of anti-Soviet art and slogans in town square [BYSTANDER - says doesn't like occupation. USSR our enemy.] [2nd BYSTANDER - translates 1 poster as saying "Moscow spking. on the telephone" and another 1 as "who is going to win: planes or dove"?] Town last occupied by members of General Patton's 3rd US Army in 1945. Sign says United States gave Pilsen freedom; USSR took it away. Likely Soviet troops to be here longer than the 7 mos. Americans were here.
REPORTER: Morley Safer