In East Berlin, where 130,000 young people are gathered for the current World Youth Festival, the principal political event on Sunday was a rally expressing support for the peoples of South East Asia.
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SV Foreign Minister Winzer talks to North & South Vietnamese delegates (2 shots)
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SV Chairman of Soviet Komosol speaking to crowd
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Background: In East Berlin, where 130,000 young people are gathered for the current World Youth Festival, the principal political event on Sunday was a rally expressing support for the peoples of South East Asia. Speakers included high-ranking officers from the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army and the Chairman of the Soviet Komosol (Communist Youth League).
Earlier, the day had been devoted to sight-seeing and to personal contacts -- 100,000 of the students are east German, the other 30,000 represent a total of 140 foreign countries. The central square in East Berlin, the Alexanderplatz, was the principal meeting place and the East German Army had set up field kitchens to feed the visitors.
SYNOPSIS: East Berlin's central square, the Alexanerplatz, has become the chief meeting point for students attending the World Youth Festival. Sunday, the festival's second day, was devoted to making new contacts -- and with thirty-thousand foreign students from a hundred and forty countries there was no lack of opportunity. There are also a hundred-thousand East German young people taking part.
Later in the day, Est German Foreign Minister Otto Winzer met North and South Vietnamese delegates at a major rally, in which the students had the opportunity to express solidarity with the peoples of South-East Asia.
Speakers addressing the crowd were to include high ranking officers of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese army.
The speaker here was the chairman of the Soviet Komosol, the Communist Youth League, which has sent a thousand of its members to the Festival. The organisers received a message from Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev saying the event contributed to peace, security and progress.