• Short Summary

    THE COMMUNIST-BACKED VIETCONG GUERRILLAS HAVE INCREASED THEIR ACTIVITIES IN DANANG, ABOUT 370 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAIGON, THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE CAPITAL.

  • Description

    THE COMMUNIST-BACKED VIETCONG GUERRILLAS HAVE INCREASED THEIR ACTIVITIES IN DANANG, ABOUT 370 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAIGON, THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE CAPITAL. IN THE EARLY HOURS OF TUESDAY (DEC. 21), THEY ATTACKED AN ISOLATED HAMLET. NAMED HOA THANH, AND KILLED THE LEADER OF THE HAMLET'S POPULAR FORCE.

    MEMBERS OF THE FORCE CONSIST OF VILLAGERS WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN ARMS BY THE GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THEIR HAMLET. THE LEADER WAS BURIED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) AFTER A SIMPLE BUDDHIST CEREMONY IN WHICH THE ENTIRE HAMLET DWELLERS PARTICIPATED.

    THE LEADER'S FACE WAS BATTERED BEYOND RECOGNITION AFTER HE WAS SHOT THROUGH THE HEAD. HE LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE, THREE CHILDREN AND AN AGED MOTHER.

    AT THE GRAVESIDE, THE HAMLET DWELLERS RAISED THEIR HANDS AND PLEDGED VENGEANCE. THEY ALSO SHOUTED SLOGANS CONDEMNING THE VIETCONG FOR THEIR ACT OF BRUTALITY. SOME MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT PARATROOPS DIVISION WERE ALSO AT THE GRAVESIDE. THEY WERE RUSHED TO THE HAMLET AT THE HEIGHT OF THE ATTACK AND WERE IMMEDIATELY ENGAGED IN THE BATTLE IN WHICH THEY FORCED THE ATTACKERS TO WITHDRAW.

    (THE UNITED STATES YESTERDAY APPEARED TO BE MOVING TOWARDS ACCEPTANCE OF A 12-HOUR CHRISTMAS TRUCE IN VIETNAM. BUT NEITHER THE WHITE HOUSE NOR THE STATE DEPARTMENT WOULD MAKE ANY POSITIVE RESPONSE TO THE VIETCONG OFFER, MADE TWO WEEKS AGO, TO HALT THE FIGHTING TEMPORARILY. AN EARLIER REPORT SAID THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT OBSERVE A CHRISTMAS TRUCE. OPERATIONS AGAINST THE VIETCONG WILL GO ON DURING CHRISTMAS DAY JUST LIKE ANY OTHER DAY.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2QB6NUB4J1YWPECG7AMRYF5M
    Media URN:
    VLVA2QB6NUB4J1YWPECG7AMRYF5M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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