SOUTH VIET NAM: Thieu's Political Prisoners of War

JUST after the 11 p.m. curfew, a convoy of green and white police vans slid into a small alley off Phat Diem Street in Saigon's Second District. Policemen toting M-16 rifles and wooden clubs jumped out and sealed off the alley at either end. Pushing brusquely into each apartment, they demanded identity cards. Suspected Viet Cong sympathizers, draft dodgers or army deserters were hustled off to a van.

Every night in Saigon, some 200 to 300 people are arrested in similar police sweeps, and others are grabbed without warning on the street during the day. Since last spring's North Vietnamese...

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