ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 04, 1975
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(Studio) Little military action occurs in South Vietnam, but there were pol dvts. South Vietnam's prem. and cabinet resign; President Thieu orders new government formed. In speech, Thieu says American must help South Vietnam or earn label of traitor. Thieu regime claims to have thwarted military coup attempt and arrested those involved. US Army chief of staff, Frederick Weyand, says he agrees with Thieu's military strategy. Viet Cong's view of their military victories in South Vietnam examined.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Viet Cong says North Vietnam offensive began only as limited military escalation; no massive attack needed; massive panic caused most cities to fall virtually without shot being fired. Viet Cong version credited as true in some circles in US. Several sources say Communists hope to avoid attack on Saigon; prefer ouster of Thieu and formation of coalition government
REPORTER: David Schoumacher
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