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Vietnam / Thieu and Opposition #201876

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 31, 1969
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(Studio) South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu won point of battle against 3 opponents in legislature National Assembly votes to censure colleagues for pro-Communist activity, but Thieu still wants them out.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) City's combat unit sent out. Thieu encourages protest against 3 men. Charges read in assembly. 1 of 3 accused, Tran Ngoc Chau, shows up to hear charges. Was Mekong Delta province chief and South Vietnam Army Colonel Brother is North Vietnam soldier. [CHAU - says Thieu responsible for this. Cites growing opposition to Thieu government] Thieu sends message saying he won't bring up charges against big group. Action could affect US pullout.
REPORTER: Tony Sargent

(Studio) Thieu needs 2/3 major House for debate and 3/4 major to strip men of immunity.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Sargent, Tony

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