Soviet President Nikolai Podorny marked the May Day holiday on Monday (may 1) in Moscow with a direct attack on American involvement in Indochina.
MOSCOW: GTV Crowds in Red Square
SV Flags, decoration on Kremlin
MV Brezhnev, Kosygin waging to crowd (3 shots)
GV & GTV Parade with float (2 shots)
SV Crowd pacing happily waving flowers
MV (left to right) Podgorny, Brezhnev & Kosygin
LV ZOOM TO GTV display by gymnasts
Background: Soviet President Nikolai Podorny marked the May Day holiday on Monday (may 1) in Moscow with a direct attack on American involvement in Indochina.
He told tone of thousands of people massed in Red Square: "WE proclaim our fighting solidarity with the courageous patriots of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (the Khmer Republic), conducting a heroic struggle against U.S. aggression."
It was the first time since the military parade was dropped four years ago in favour of a civilian demonstration, that the United States was attacked by name during the annual celebrations.
It was also the first time in four years that Mr. Podgorny addressed the crowd and not Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev - who will be President Nixon's chief host when he arrives in the Soviet Union later this month.
Hundreds of thousands of Russian Walked past their leaders in holiday mood, bearing flags, banners, and portraits of the Kremlin chiefs.
In East Berlin - by contrast - the accent in the parade was on military might, with a parade through Marx-Engels Square by troops, amphibious armoured cars, and anti-tank and ground-to-air rockets.
It was followed by a ten minutes sports display by about 1,000 men, women and children.
Tens of thousands of people watched as Communist Party leader Erich Honsecker, Head of State walter Ulbricht and Prime Minister Willi stoph saluted the troops from the reviewing stand.
The three Western commandants in Berlin later protested against the military character of the East Berlin Parade, saying it violated the city's special demilitarised status agreed to by the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet Union after the second World War.
In Prague the emphasis was on national achievement, Communist Party leader Gustav Husak told a rally of more than 100-thousand people in Wancesles Square that the past year had been one of political and social consolidation in czechoslovakia. But he said there was to be no auccumbing to cheep self-satisfaction.
Doctor Husak's speech was followed by a march-past of workers and students lasting over two hours.