• Short Summary

    IN SAIGON LAST FRIDAY SOUTH VIETNAMESE PREMIER NGUYEN KHANH PROCLAIMED A NATION-WIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY, SUSPENDING ALL LAWS AND ORDERING THE DEATH OF ALL CONVICTED SABOTEURS AND TERRORISTS.

  • Description

    IN SAIGON LAST FRIDAY SOUTH VIETNAMESE PREMIER NGUYEN KHANH PROCLAIMED A NATION-WIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY, SUSPENDING ALL LAWS AND ORDERING THE DEATH OF ALL CONVICTED SABOTEURS AND TERRORISTS.

    THE GENERAL, WHO ANNOUNCED HE WAS LEAVING IMMEDIATELY FOR THE NORTH VIETNAM BORDER AREA, TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT "THE CRUCIAL HOUR HAS STRUCK". THE COMING WEEK, HE SAID, "WILL DECIDE THE DESTINY OF OUR ENTIRE PEOPLE".

    HE SPOKE AS HIS TROOPS AND THEIR AMERICAN ADVISERS WAITED TENSELY ALONG THE NORTH VIETNAM BORDER FOR A MAJOR ATTACK IN REPRISAL AGAINST AMERICAN RAIDS ON NORTH VIETNAMESE BASES.

    "INTERNALLY WE FACE A COMMUNIST ARMY ON OUR OWN TERRITORY OF 150,000 MEN, OF WHOM 34,000 ARE REGULARS," GENERAL KHANH SAID. AT THE 17TH PARALLEL, HE ADDED, SOUTH VIETNAM WAS "FACED WITH PRESSURE" FROM NORTH VIETNAM. HE SAID PEKING WAS MASSING TROOPS IN SOUTHERN CHINA AND HAD TROOPS ALSO IN NORTH VIETNAM.

    SAIGON, WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT TWO MILLION PEOPLE, WAS ALMOST DESERTED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY. ALL BARS, RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS WERE CLOSED. VEHICLES TRAVELLING ON THE ROAD TO SAIGON AIRPORT WERE STOPPED BY AMERICAN MILITARY POLICE AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS. THE VEHICLES WERE THOROUGHLY SEARCHED BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO PROCEED.

    (SUNDAY LEAVE WAS CANCELLED FOR AMERICAN OFFICERS IN THE MILITARY ASSISTANCE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS IN SAIGON TODAY (SUNDAY). IT WAS REPORTED THAT A NORMAL DAY'S DUTY WAS WORKED AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST THE POSSIBILITY OF A LARGE SCALE REPRISAL ATTACK IN VIET CONG FORCES.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA40S3MV56AYV55Y372K3437TI6
    Media URN:
    VLVA40S3MV56AYV55Y372K3437TI6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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