• Short Summary

    The first dramatic
    news film showing the Communist capture on 30 April of what was then Saigon has
    been flown out of South Vietnam with a group of 81 Western correspondents -- the
    first to leave what is now Ho Chi Minh City since the Communist takeover.

  • Description

    The first dramatic
    news film showing the Communist capture on 30 April of what was then Saigon has
    been flown out of South Vietnam with a group of 81 Western correspondents -- the
    first to leave what is now Ho Chi Minh City since the Communist takeover.

    The film - most of it taken by Visnews cameramen - reveals the ease with which
    the unopposed Communist forces took over the Presidential Palace grounds
    following the capitulation of the South Vietnamese military and the
    eleventh-hour departure of the last Americans and many of their South Vietnamese
    collaborators.

    The Western correspondents -- who flew to Vientiane in Laos -- reported they
    were well treated by the North Vietnamese conquerors and were permitted to move
    about freely throughout the city and talk to anyone they met.

    All agreed that the biggest task still facing the new administrators was the
    establishment of law and order following the emptying of all jails in the city
    and the initial rampage of looting.

    Otherwise, they said, the situation in Ho Chi Minh City today is one of slow but
    methodical normalisation.

    Factories are running again and the authorities are turning first to the
    essential issues of food supplies and the return to their homes of the thousands
    of South Vietnamese refugees who flooded into the capital during the last days
    of fighting.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6V5NGNCC56YDJONKTLANSN6S
    Media URN:
    VLVA6V5NGNCC56YDJONKTLANSN6S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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