VIET NAM: Fading Smiles

Saigon is gradually becoming a stereotypic city under Communist control. All newspapers except those authorized by the Communist Party have been suppressed. A detailed census is being taken, presumably to facilitate supervision of all activities. Political and military officials who served under the old Thieu regime have been ordered to report to "reeducation" centers. Martial music and Communist slogans blare from street-corner loudspeakers.

The easygoing mood that marked the first days of the Communist occupation of Saigon is quickly vanishing, according to Western observers who have recently left South Viet Nam's capital....

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