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    THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT IN SOUTH VIETNAM FOR THE FIRST TIME ALLOWED JOURNALISTS INTO THE COUNTRY'S BIGGEST GAOL, CHI HOA PRISON IN SAIGON.

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    PRISON COURT YARD; CLASS ROOM; PRISONERS EXERCISING; PRISONERS WORKING; GUARD TOWER; VISITOR ARRIVING.




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    Background: THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT IN SOUTH VIETNAM FOR THE FIRST TIME ALLOWED JOURNALISTS INTO THE COUNTRY'S BIGGEST GAOL, CHI HOA PRISON IN SAIGON.

    MARSHAL KY'S MILITARY GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN FACING GROWING UNEASE FROM THE NEW CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY AND FROM PUBLIC OPINION ON POLITICAL ARRESTS AND DETENTIONS WITHOUT TRIAL, AND NEWSMEN WERE ALLOWED TO INSPECT CHI HOA TO SEE WHAT CONDITIONS THERE WERE LIKE.

    THERE ARE SAID TO BE 5,000 PRISONERS THERE.. MURDERERS, THIEVES, EMBEZZLERS AND POLITICAL PRISONERS. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SAID THAT SOME CASES ARE GOING TO BE REVIEWED. AND IN THE MEANTIME CONDITIONS AT CHI HOA APPEARED TO BE FAIRLY GOOD.

    SOME OF THE EXERCISE YARDS ARE MUDDY, AND THE PRISONERS SLEEP ON MATS ON THE FLOOR, 35 OR 40 OF THEM IN A BIG ROOM. THEY ARE ALLOWED A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF EXERCISE... BASKET BALL IS A FAVOURITE GAME.

    THERE ARE CLASS-ROOMS FOR LECTURES AND TRAINING, AND PRISONERS WORK AT A VARIETY OF TRADES IN THE PRISON WORKSHOPS. EACH GETS 40 PER CENT OF THE COMMERCIAL SELLING PRICE OF WHAT HE PRODUCES IN THE BASKET WORK, WOOD WORK OF SEWING SHOPS. THE REST IS KEPT BY THE AUTHORITIES AND USED FOR THE UPKEEP OF THE PRISON.

    PRISONERS ARE ALLOWED ONE 15-MINUTE VISIT FROM THEIR WAVES EVERY WEEK, AND GET A REASONABLE VARIETY OF FOOD. BUT FOR MANY OF THEM THERE IS PROBABLY A LONG WAIT AHEAD IN CHI HOA, HOPING FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD, AND WONDERING IF THEY WILL EVER BE BROUGHT TO TRIAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6L2DFQGC86FSYOKOE2YUT6UVI
    Media URN:
    VLVA6L2DFQGC86FSYOKOE2YUT6UVI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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