In an effort to curb drug addiction among American Servicemen is South Vietnam, a street known as "Soul Alley" near the Tansonhut Air Force base near Saigon, has been declared off limits to American troops.
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CU "Off Limits' sign PAN TO MP's patrolling "Soul Alley"
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Background: In an effort to curb drug addiction among American Servicemen is South Vietnam, a street known as "Soul Alley" near the Tansonhut Air Force base near Saigon, has been declared off limits to American troops.
Most of the frequenters and some of the residents of the street are black. The black soldiers, who named the street "Soul Alley" view the closing of the area as outright discrimination.
SYNOPSIS: The United States Military command in Saigon has been under pressure lately to do something about drug traffic near American military installations. This week, authorities declared off limits the area outside the main gate of Tansonhut air base. According to the Saigon area command, this section of Saigon is the source of 80 per cent of the drug traffic at Tansonhut.
The off limits area includes a section called Soul Alley. As the name implies, South Alley is a gathering place for black American servicemen. Although military police move through the area constantly, some troops manage to sneak through. Many go to Soul Alley not for drugs, but just to be with other blacks.
Some blacks lived here with their Vietnamese girl friends, and some married and started families. The black American troops are generally upset that South Alley is now off limits (PAUSE).
The black troops believe that Soul Alley was closed down because of racial prejudice. Heroin, they say, can be bought anywhere in Saigon, and closing South Alley is just the military's way of seeming to do something about the drug problem at their expense.