• Short Summary

    THE NATIONALIST CHINESE DEPUTY PREMIER, CHIANG CHING-KUO NARROWLY ESCAPED ASSASSINATION IN NEW YORK CITY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (FRIDAY, APRIL 24).

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    SV POLICE CARS OUTSIDE BUILDING (3 SHOTS)
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    SV EXT. DEMONSTRATORS MARCHING OUTSIDE PLAZA HOTEL (2 SHOTS)
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    CU TRONG CHAI BEING INTERVIEWED
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    SV CHIANG ARRIVING AT COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS BUILDING
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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: TRONG CHAI: WE WOULD LIKE TO OVERTHROW CHAING KAI-SHEK'S DICTATORSHIP GOVERNMENT AND THEN ESTABLISH A FREE GOVERNMENT FOR FOURTEEN MILLION PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN FORMOSA NOW, INCLUDING 2 MILLION CHINESE AND 12 MILLION NATIVE FORMOSANS.



    REPORTER: CAN YOU EXPLAIN...I GATHER THE NATIVE FORMOSANS HERE IN THIS DEMONSTRATION ARE VERY ANGRY AT CHAING KAI-SHEK. IS THAT RIGHT?



    TRONG CHAI: YES, THAT'S RIGHT BECAUSE FOR???OSA IS STILL UNDER MARTIAL LAW AND WE DON'T HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND FREEDOM OF THOUGHT???IN FORMOSA.



    REPORTER: WOULD YOU BE ANGRY ENOUGH TO TRY TO KILL THE SON OF THE PRESIDENT?



    TRONG CHAI: NO COMMENT.




    Initials LN/N-TELE/AS/BJ LN/N-TELE/AS/PS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE NATIONALIST CHINESE DEPUTY PREMIER, CHIANG CHING-KUO NARROWLY ESCAPED ASSASSINATION IN NEW YORK CITY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (FRIDAY, APRIL 24). THE BULLET MISSED CHAING CHING-KUO, THE SON OF NATIONALIST CHINESE LEADER CHIANG KAI-SHEK, AND HIT A REVOLVING DOOR OF THE PLAZA HOTEL.

    A POLICEMAN CRABBED A GUNMAN'S ARM A SHOT WAS FIRED, AND TWO MEN WERE TAKEN TO A NEARBY POLICE STATION. ONE WAS IDENTIFIED AS TZU-TSAI CHENG, AN ARCHITECT, HIS COMPANION, TENTATIVELY IDENTIFIED AS PETER HUANG, WAS LATER CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION.

    THE TWO MEN HAD COME FROM ACROSS THE STREET WHERE ABOUT 50 NATIONALIST CHINESE WERE DEMONSTRATING AGAINST THE CHINESE PREMIER. THE DEMONSTRATORS WERE MEMBERS OF A GROUP DEMANDING INDEPENDENCE FOR FORMOSA WHICH WAS TAKEN OVER BY NATIONALIST FORCES AFTER CHIANG KAI-SHEK'S ARMIES FLED MAINLAND CHINA.

    CHAING CHING-KUO WENT ON WITH HIS TALK IN THE PLAZA HOTEL WITH THE AID OF AN INTERPRETER. HE FIRST THANKED THOSE PRESENT FOR THE FRIENDLY RECEPTION HE HAD RECEIVED, THEN WENT ON TO TALK ABOUT POLITICS. THE NATIONALIST CHINESE GOVERNMENT, HE SAID WAS NOT ONLY AN OBSTACLE TO AGGRESSION BUT AN ALTERNATIVE TO COMMUNISM. CHAING MADE NO REFERENCE TO THE ATTEMPTED SHOOTING.

    AFTER THE TALK, HE CONTINUED TO KEEP TO HIS SCHEDULE AND ATTENDED A TEA GIVEN IN HIS HONOUR BY THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS. THE WORLD UNITED FORMOSANS ORGANISATION HAD SAID THAT THEY WOULD PICKET THE MEETING, BUT THE POLICE AND SECURITY MEN STANDING BY DID NOT ENCOUNTER ANY DEMONSTRATORS.

    IN WASHINGTON MR. RONALD ZIECLER PRESIDENT NIXON'S PRESS SECRETARY, SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT REGRETTED THE ATTACK AND WAS "PROFOUNDLY RELIEVED" THAT THE CHINESE PREMIER WAS UNHARMED.

    CHIANG ARRIVED IN THE U.S. ON APRIL 18 ON A 10-DAY OFFICIAL VISIT. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEMONSTRATORS OUTSIDE THE PLAZA IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS TRONG CHAI SAID HE WAS A POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR AT ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE IN BROOKLYN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA29DLZ7TC5PGT7D8JHGCFP5150
    Media URN:
    VLVA29DLZ7TC5PGT7D8JHGCFP5150
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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