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Vietnam / Fighting / Casualties / Land Reform #205813

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 04, 1969
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(Studio) Clash inside Cambodia, after United States helicopter crashes. Casualties reported Thieu regime pushes new land reform policy.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Lower House debates bill. [Land Reform Min. Cao Van THANH - says aim is to abolish farm tenancy and create farm owners. Would give land to 800,000 tenant-farmers.] Govt. recruits peasants to sign titles for land. Govt. plans to buy land of all absentee landlords on generous terms. Land to be given to peasants free of charge. Peasant skeptical of plan. [US Aid Advisor Joseph CHUDZIK - says land never given out because village govts. dominated land and profited. They were reluctant to distribute it.] [THANH - says we try to remove reform initiative from Communists]
REPORTER: George Syvertsen

Cronkite, Walter;
Syvertsen, George

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