• Short Summary

    THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, OR TET, HOLIDAY IS THE BIGGEST FESTIVAL IN VIETNAM. IT IS?

  • Description

    THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, OR TET, HOLIDAY IS THE BIGGEST FESTIVAL IN VIETNAM. IT IS A WEEK FOR FEASTING, GIVING PRESENTS, SETTLING DEBTS, SENDING POSTCARDS AND GENERAL GOODWILL. ALTHOUGH THE VIET CONG HAVE CALLED FOR A SEVEN-DAY CEASEFIRE, THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE AND THE AMERICANS HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT THEY ONLY WILL OBSERVE A ONE-DAY TRUCE TOMORROW AND THEY HAVE INTENSIFIED SECURITY MEASURES IN AND AROUND SAIGON AND PARTICULARLY THE U.S. EMBASSY, BECAUSE IN THE PAST THE VIET CONG HAVE NOT KEPT TO THE ANNOUNCED CEASE-FIRE.

    TET IS A TIME OF HOPE, AND EACH YEAR THE VIETNAMESE LOOK FORWARD TO THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR OF PEACE; FOR THE END OF WAR; FOR THE PROSPERITY OF THE COUNTRY.

    THIS YEAR THE PRAYERS AND THE FESTIVITIES ARE OVER-SHADOWED BY A TIGHTENING OF THE SECURITY MEASURES ALL AROUND SAIGON - THIS IS MAINLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT LAST YEAR'S TET HOLIDAY CEASE-FIRE WAS MARKED BY ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMMUNIST OFFENSIVES OF THE WAR AGAINST SAIGON AND OTHER SOUTH VIETNAM CITIES. HUNDREDS WERE KILLED AND THOUSANDS LEFT HOMELESS; AND THE U.S. EMBASSY IN SAIGON WAS THE SCENE OF AN ATTACK BY A SUICIDE SQUAD THAT GOT RIGHT INTO THE EMBASSY GROUNDS.

    AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST A REPETITION OF THESE SURPRISE ATTACKS, THE U.S. AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE HAVE SET UP A TRIPLE RING OF DEFENCES AROUND SAIGON AND OTHER MAIN CITIES. AT ALL APPROACHES, PEOPLE AND VEHICLES ARE CHECKED AND RECHECKED. THE U.S. EMBASSY IS PRACTICALLY A FORTRESS, WITH ADDITIONAL DEFENCES ADDED ON THE ROOF AND IN SURROUNDING BUNKERS. EVEN THE TRADITIONAL FIREWORKS HAVE BEEN BANNED - BECAUSE THEY SOUND TOO MUCH LIKE AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, AND LAST YEAR THE FIRE OF VIET CONG TROOPS APPROACHING SAIGON WAS MISTAKEN FOR FIREWORKS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6BBOLOXGIF0S555S5CZLRV9IF
    Media URN:
    VLVA6BBOLOXGIF0S555S5CZLRV9IF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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