Local feeling against the American presence in Hue, the nearest large town in South Vietnam to the demilitarised zone, heightens as the date of the October presidential elections draws near.
GV Sampans on river
GV Street scene, people walking past anti-US slogans (2 shots)
CU Painted drawing of Mr. Nixon on wall
GV Abandoned Dong Hai fire base
SV Boy ripping corrugated iron sheet from building
SV Woman digging up post
SV American truck along road in demilitarised area
GV & SV Tanks on roadside near demilitarised zone (3 shots)
SV ZOOM IN tank-gun writing on side "Dinks death"
SV South Vietnamese demilitarized zone
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Background: Local feeling against the American presence in Hue, the nearest large town in South Vietnam to the demilitarised zone, heightens as the date of the October presidential elections draws near. The populace, especially the students, have been embittered over American interference in the election which they feel caused their hero, General Duong Van "Big" Minh, to withdraw.
This film shows slogans and other anti-American sentiments painted on walls throughout the town - and signs that the American soldiers are indeed withdrawing. Thirty five thousands troops are scheduled to leave Vietnam by December 1, leaving a total strength of 184,000.
What will happen when the Americans have left the area can not be predicted. But Dong Hai firebase along the demilitarised zone, only three weeks ago crowded with American gunners, has been handed over to the South vietnamese army. It now stands abandoned. The South Vietnamese took what they wanted, leaving the rest for the local population to dispose of as they wished.
SYNOPSIS: On the banks of the Perfume River just south of the demilitarised zone in Vietnam, lies Hue, nearest large town in South Vietnam to the zone. Local feeling here against the American presence has heightened since General Duong Van "Big" Minh withdrew from next month's presidential elections. People here say this was due to American interference.
The local people had something to cheer about when the Dong Hai fire base was handed over to the South Vietnam army three weeks ago. Now, the locals are taking their pick of what is left after their army took what they wanted.
The handover of the fire base was part of the Vietnamisation programme and gradual American withdrawal from the country. By the first of December another 35,000 troops are due to leave, leaving a total American strength of 184,000.
Not everyone will be so happy. Many relig??? on the Americans for much of their income...and could be sure of their safe
Now most of the fighting in the northern most area of South Vietnam is done by the south vietnamese. Their first big test is expected as the presidential elections approach.