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Cambodia / Khmer Rouge Takeover / Foreign Nationals Safe In Thailand #240349

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 08, 1975
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(Studio) For. refugees trapped in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for 3 weeks following fall to Communists arrive safelY in Thailand. Refugees indicate Communists may be planning most unusual political, social, economy revolution. Plans may include sealing Cambodia from outside world and creating completely peasant society within Cambodia.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Aranyaprathet, Thailand) Fors. arriving in Thailand greet waiting friends; stories of weeks in Phnom Penh begin to filter down. [Photographer Al ROCKOFF - says entire Cambodian population going back to cntry.; villages and towns deserted.] Looting in Phnom Penh did occur; details given. Tales of executions leak out but still haven't been confirmed.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley

(Studio) Late reports reveal 90 refugees claiming Pakistani ntlity. denied permission to enter Thailand and were left at border. Associated Press quotes refugees as saying unknown number of fors., incling. at least 2 Americans, could not or would not join final exodus. Sydney Schanberg among refugees who reached Thailand's border last Saturday, but withheld stories till safety of others assured. Schanberg and 2 colleagues took photographs of Phnom Penh's conquest; "New York Times" pictures shown. Takeover, Khmer Rouge soldiers, and Cambodian people shown in pictures.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Bangkok, Thailand) [SCHANBERG - says Communists began big push Apr. 14; casualties enormous; hospitals overflow. Describes hospitals as slaughterhses.] Asked about Khmer Rouge troops. [SCHANBERG - says troops impressive; heavily armed, well disciplined. Soldiers emptied cities and towns and drove people into cntryside. Hospitals also emptied; people in operating rooms thrown out on streets and left to die. Believes Khmer Rouge have planned peasant revolution.] Questioned about reports of bloodbaths in Cambodia. [SCHANBERG - suggests Americans have stake in bloodbath theory. Personally, neither saw nor heard anything like bloodbath.] Photographs accompany interview.
REPORTER: Murray Fromson

Bradley, Ed;
Cronkite, Walter;
Fromson, Murray

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