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July 20, 1972: Fonda press conference Q & A
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FBIS Transcript #7:

Variant version of press conference attributed to Jane Fonda

B231830 Hanoi in English to Europe, Africa and Middle East 2000 GMT 20 Jul 72 B

You probably know that well-known American actress Jane Fonda has just concluded her two-week visit to North Vietnam as guest of the Vietnam committee for solidarity with the American people. At a press conference she gave in Hanoi Thursday evening before leaving our Capital, Miss Jane Fonda gave two reasons why she had arrived in Vietnam and told the audience about her activities during her sojourn here.

She devoted much time to telling of the sights and sounds she could saw ((as heard)) in North Vietnam under the American air blitz. She strongly condemned U.S. deliberate attacks on dikes, dams and other irrigation works and population centers and lashed out strongly at Nixon' s crimes and lies. Miss Fonda also answered a number of questions about the changing aspects of political life in the States, the Nixon Administration's justification for its Vietnam policy, what impressed her most in her Vietnam visit, who the traitor is, her plan of activity after her departure from Vietnam and her assessment of American history.

Dealing with her contact with captured American pilots, Miss Jane Fonda said:

((Follows recorded female voice with American accent b FBIS))

I flew in on May -b on July 8th, um, from Vientiane and we were forced to return to Vientiane because there were seven, I believe seven Phantom jets, um, flying about us. We later learned that the targets of these Phantom jets were a cigarette factory and a camera repair factory, in Hanoi.

I think this is an indication of the kind of military targets that the Nixon Administration says he is going after. Many innocent people were killed during these bombing raids, and one thing I learned from my interview with the pilots last night was that apparently they are told that they are bombing military targets and they are told that they are bombing to save the men who are in prison down below.

And I thought as I watched the planes dive bombing over Hanoi -b I wondered if they realized that they were endangering the lives of the American POW's who were someplace below them, the very -b the very men that Nixon pretends he is trying to save. And I also felt that most likely if the men in the planes knew that the weapons they were dropping were illegal and that the condoning the use of these weapons is considered a war crime, then perhaps they'd have second thoughts.

And that I hoped that I would have the b the opportunity which I've taken since I've been here of speaking to the pilots and telling them that in fact what they're bom -b what they are bombing and destroying are innocent b particularly women and children.

((Announcer))

Asked about the changing aspects of political life in the States, Miss Fonda said:

((American accented female voice))

I think that the b- the nomination of b- of Senator George McGovern as the Democratic candidate is an indication of the b the new climate in the United States. People in the United States are profoundly sick of the war in Vietnam that is being waged in her name, and which is tearing apart the country of the United States at its very roots, and I think they see in Senator McGovern a symbol of change, perhaps a way out. Things are changing very fast, even Martha Mitchell says she's a political prisoner. ((laugh))

((Announcer))

As to what impresses her most in her Vietnam visit, the American actress said:

((American accented female voice))

I've been asked what is my most -b what is the thing that has -b my most memorable experience since I've been here. Ibve had so many itbs very hard to, um -b I will tell you the most recent.

This morning, this morning I sat in the shadow of the temple of literature -b Vietnam's oldest and first university built in the 11th century, and while the alert sounded, warning people of the American bombs that may be falling on their heads, I watched the second act of Arthur Miller's play All My Sons.b It says a lot b- I think -b about the Vietnamese people and why they're winning. First of all they know a great deal about America, which is more than I can say about Americans in regard to Vietnam. Second of all, despite all of the crimes being committed against them and the horrors that are being rained down upon the heads of the Vietnamese people, they still sing and dance and act and translate American plays into Vietnamese, and so are the performers that were acting this play.

They were actors and actresses who have come from the front where they risk their lives every day to bring encouragement and culture to the soldiers who are fighting for their country's freedom and independence. That is one -b one among many, many experiences that I've had here.

((Announcer))

Jane Fonda then made this accusation.

((American accented female voice))

I would like to accuse Richard Nixon of betraying everything that is human and just in the world today. I would like to accuse him as being a new Hitler. His crimes have only begun to be discovered. He has betrayed everything that the United States of America stands for in waging this war against the people of Vietnam. And unfortunately it's going to take -b unfortunately the tragedy is a tragedy for American people, not to the Vietnamese people, because the Vietnamese people will soon win their freedom and independence. I'm afraid it will take the American people a very long, long time to wipe out the crimes committed in our name by Richard Nixon.

((Announcer))

About her plan of activity after her Vietnam visit, Miss Fonda said:

((American accented female voice))

The question of what do I plan to do when I leave Vietnam: Well, first of all, I plan to talk a lot to as many people as possible, but I am a -b only one of among many tens of thousands of people in the United States who are escalating their offensive against Richard Nixon between now and November, to prevent him from putting the war in second place. So I will be working with all of those other people, ah, to that end -b to end the war according to the demands made in the Seven-Point Peace proposal of the Provisional Revolutionary Government.

((Announcer))

You have just listened to American actress Jane Fonda answering questions by Vietnamese and foreign journalists at a press conference in Hanoi last Thursday evening.

((Recording ends -- FBIS))


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