• Short Summary

    On the banks of the River Mekong in northern Thailand, North and South Vietnam are fighting a different war to that on the battlefield.

  • Description

    1.
    Mekong River looking towards Laos bank (two shots)
    4 ft

    2.
    Nongkhai street scene
    7 ft

    3.
    People in street (two shots)
    12 ft

    4.
    Ext Shop owned by Vietnamese refugee
    15 ft

    5.
    Different shots of Vietnamese working (four shots)
    26 ft

    6.
    North Vietnam flag and Ho Chi Minh portrait on wall
    28 ft

    7.
    Man places flowers before Ho Chi Minh portrait (three shots
    35 ft

    8.
    CU Ho Chi Minh portrait
    37 ft

    9.
    CU Portrait of President Nguyen Van Thieu at South Vietnam Information Centre
    39 ft

    10.
    Ext. South Vietnam and Thai flags outside Centre
    42 ft

    11.
    CU Sign
    44 ft

    12.
    GV South Vietnam propaganda posters
    47 ft

    13.
    Man reading South Vietnamese magazine
    50 ft

    14.
    Street scene
    53 ft

    15.
    Ferry traffic from Vientiane (two shots
    60 ft



    Initials



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: On the banks of the River Mekong in northern Thailand, North and South Vietnam are fighting a different war to that on the battlefield. It is an ideological duel for the hearts and minds of the 40,000 Vietnamese who live in Nongkhai on the opposite bank of the Mekong from Vientiane.

    The Vietnamese are refugees who fled the fighting between the French and Vietminh twenty years ago. Efforts to repatriate them have been halted because of American air raids throughout Indo-China.

    They have set up their own businesses and have settled down as if they are there to stay. As most of them came from North Vietnam, their sympathies lie with Hanoi.

    Many have portraits of Ho Chi Minh, the late North Vietnamese leader, hanging in their homes. They have formed themselves into a strong association dedicated to Vietnamese nationalism rather than communism. However, it is reported that one group has started a fund for their transfer back to North Vietnam so they can fight the Americans.

    Saigon has set up an information centre in Hongkhai to spearhead its attempt to win the refugees over. But American officials say the South Vietnamese are fighting a losing battle.

    With the presence of an estimated 2,000 Communist guerillas in Northern Thailand and the war just across the river in Laos, the refugees are a big source of worry to the anti-Communist regime in Bangkok.

    All the same, there are very few signs of any kind of security in Nongkhai and traffic to and from Vientiane - where Communists operate openly - goes on with little restriction.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7UDNITK4RIAZTIC5AGJIWKHQY
    Media URN:
    VLVA7UDNITK4RIAZTIC5AGJIWKHQY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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