• Short Summary

    TALKS IN MOSCOW BETWEEN THE SOVIET LEADERS AND PRESIDENT LUDVIK SVOBODA OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA ON THE RUSSIAN INTERVENTION IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA CONTINUE TODAY (SUNDAY) FOR THE THIRD DAY RUNNING WITH NO SIGN OF A COMPROMISE BY EITHER SIDE.

  • Description

    TALKS IN MOSCOW BETWEEN THE SOVIET LEADERS AND PRESIDENT LUDVIK SVOBODA OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA ON THE RUSSIAN INTERVENTION IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA CONTINUE TODAY (SUNDAY) FOR THE THIRD DAY RUNNING WITH NO SIGN OF A COMPROMISE BY EITHER SIDE. IN PRAGUE, PRESIDENT SVOBODA CONTINUES TO RECEIVE THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE, AND THE MORALE OF THE INTERVENING TROOPS IS REPORTED TO BE LOW.

    PRESIDENT SVOBODA IS THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN LEGALLY ENDORSE A NEW GOVERNMENT IN PRAGUE, AND THE RUSSIANS ARE BELIEVED TO BE TRYING TO GET HIM TO AGREE TO A LESS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT THAN THAT SET UP BY MR ALEXANDER DUBCEK, THE CZECHOSLOVAK COMMUNIST PARTY LEADER. MR. DUBCEK, AND THE CZECHOSLOVAK PRIME MINISTER, MR. CERNICK, ARE ALSO REPORTED TO BE ATTENDING THE TALKS BUT NOT -- ON RUSSIAN INSISTANCE -- IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY.

    SOVIET TROOPS ARE REPORTED TO HAVE OPENED FIRE IN WENCESLAS SQUARE, PRAGUE, LAST NIGHT AS THEY SEIZED A GROUP OF YOUNG CZECHOSLOVAKS HURLING PRO-DUBCEK LEAFLETS FROM A PASSING CAR. THE CROWD IN THE SQUARE WHICH HAS SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME ARGUING HEATEDLY WITH THE SOVIET TANKS CREWS IN THE SQUARE DURING THE PAST NEW DAYS, BOOED AND JEERED AS THE SOVIET MACHINE - GUNNERS OPENED FIRE OVER THEIR HEADS.

    THE SHOOTING CAME AFTER ALMOST CONTINUOUS DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE FAMOUS SQUARE-- A SYMBOL OF CZECHOSLOVAK LIBERTY. THE CZECHOSLOVAK SYMBOLS, SHOUTING PRO-DUBCEK SLOGANS, ASKING THE RUSSIANS WHY THEY ARE THERE AND CALLING UPON THEM TO GO HOME. SOME OF THE SOLDIERS ARE REPORTED BY PRAGUE RADIO TO HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY OTHERS FROM THE SOVIET UNION.

    AN OFFICIAL OF THE CZECH EMBASSY IN LONDON SAID YESTERDAY IT APPEARED THAT THE TROOPS, WHO WHERE TOLD THEY WERE GOING TO PUT DOWN COUNTER - REVOLUTIONARIES, WERE DEMORALISED AFTER CONTACT WITH THE CZECHOSLOVAK PEOPLE. THE OFFICIAL SAID THE CZECHOSLOVAK PEOPLE ARE ALSO REPORTED TO BE REFUSING TO SELL THE RUSSIANS FOOD AND FUEL.

    BECAUSE OF THE DISRUPTION OF SOURCES OF SUPPLY, THE CZECHOSLOVAK PEOPLE ARE THEMSELVES HAVING DIFFICULTY OBTAINING FOOD AND FUEL, ALTHOUGH NEITHER ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3CZLCRFF8IPA8A9IABTFOT8VM
    Media URN:
    VLVA3CZLCRFF8IPA8A9IABTFOT8VM
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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