Dong-Ha City, in South Vietnam's Quang Tri province, is now firmly established as the centre of the National Liberation Front's political activity.
Dong-Ha City, in South Vietnam's Quang Tri province, is now firmly established as the centre of the National Liberation Front's political activity. The city -- at the crossroads of National Route One from Hanoi to Saigon and National Route Nine to Laos -- fell into the hands of the National Liberation Front in May, 1972, after heavy fighting. The city was formerly held by United States and South Vietnamese Government forces. Now an office of the People's Committee of South Vietnam Provisional Revolutionary Government has been set up, and it's expected the Revolutionary Government will establish its capital in Dong-Ha in opposition to the Saigon Government.
Dong-Ha City is located about twenty miles (thirty kilometres) south of the 17th parallel dividing North and South Vietnam. After NLF and North Vietnamese forces overran the city, the United States bombed Dong-Ha from the air. Reconstruction activity has begun, with a new school, housing and offices going up. The Dong-Ha City municipality runs a daily commodities market, selling such items as clothing and sewing needs, lamps and batteries and some fresh meat and vegetables. The local citizens use both the South Vietnamese Government currency "piastre" and the North Vietnamese "dong". Most of the commodities on sale come from North Vietnam.
A watch tower in the city beats the sign "June 6", the date the South Vietnam Provisional Revolutionary Government was officially set up, Captured United States tanks are displayed under the tower
SYNOPSIS: This is Dong-Ha City, in South Vietnam's Quang Tri Province -- the centre of the National Liberation Front's political activity. A floating bridge on the Cam Lo River replaces an iron crossing destroyed during the battle for Dong-Ha in May last year, when North Vietnamese and National Liberation Front forces overran South Vietnamese Government troops holding the city.
The former headquarters of the United States armed forces in Dong-Ha now houses the People's Committee of the South Vietnam Provisional Revolutionary Government.
A watch tower bears the sign June Six, the date the Provisional Revolutionary Government was officially set up. Damaged United States tanks are on display, and elsewhere in Dong-Ha, workers are building a new school and dwellings following destruction caused by United States air bombing.
The Dong-Ha City municipality runs a daily commodities market, selling clothes and food supplies, mostly from North Vietnam. The city is about twenty miles south of the seventeenth parallel dividing North and South Vietnam. It's expected to become the Revolutionary Government's capital.