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Czechoslovakia Invasion / United Nations #441576

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 21, 1968
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(Studio) Troops of USSR , East Germany, Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria cross into Czechoslovakia and occupy it. They arrest Czech Communist leader, Alexander Dubcek and other leaders 23 killed and 100s wounded. Heavy machine-gun fire reported in Prague. Czech. television filmed invasion until taken off air.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Prague, Czechoslovakia) Invaders seemed detached. Resistance put down. Prague radio reported events to people at 2 a.m. Chet Huntley translates radio announcement. Presidium asks public to stay calm and not put up resistance. President Ludvik Svoboda talks to people via TV. People appear fearless. Some climb atop tanks and try to reason with soldiers. Other incidents cited. USSR say they entered Czechoslovakia to render help to the people and acted on invitation from party and government leaders Soviet news agency, Tass, appeals to Czech people insisting that anti-Socialists had taken over new regime. Czech government sent protest notes to ambs. of 5 ntns. Occupiers enter National Assembly but deliberations inside contd. Rptd. Dubcek, Josef Smrkovsky and other party leaders taken away in armored personnel carrier. Last radio report said when the national anthem played, it's all over. Anthem heard.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley Narrates Czech TV

(Studio) At request of United States and 4 other cntrys., United Nations Security Council meets to consider invasion.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

Huntley, Chet

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