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Thieu / Political Troubles #239586

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 02, 1975
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(Studio) In Paris, Viet Congress spokesperson says offensive against South Vietnam to continue till Thieu government falls. South Vietnam Senate votes unanimously for new leadership
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) President Thieu's days as uncontested leader numbered. Confidence in Thieu erodes daily. Demonstrations by Buddhists and Catholics planned to exert pressure on Thieu to step down. Rumors persist of Thieu's and Prime Min. Khiem's resignation. Fears mounting that country could disintegrate from within unless Thieu leaves office. Run on banks underway, airlines besieged by requests for tickets abroad; wealthy families having boats built to take them to other parts of South East Asia. Former Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky among 1st to speak out against Thieu. All cards seem to lie in hands of Communists; whether they decide to capture Saigon militarily or bring about negotiated surrender, it's their choice. Thieu in seclusion for days.
REPORTER: Murray Fromson

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Fromson, Murray
Duration:
00:04:00

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