Vietnam soldier responds to news of shooting of Robert F. Kennedy

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Vietnam soldier responds to news of shooting of Robert F. Kennedy - What's Happening? Asks Gl in Viet LONDON (AP)...
What's Happening? Asks Gl in Viet LONDON (AP) Waves of shock, dismay and sorrow went round the world today at news of the shooting of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. "God help us," said a GI in Vietnam. "What the hell is going on back there?" "I feel just like the last time," said another, referring to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Members of the Kennedy fam-Dy in Europe were on the telephone to the United States. An aide to Sargent Shriver, the new U.S. ambassador to France and the senator's brother-in-law, said Shriver was trying to reach members of the family in Los Angeles. . In London, Princess Lee Radziwill said she had spoken to her sister, President Kennedy's widow, but "she tells me the news is pretty confused so far." Nws of tb shootitvr MiiwJ "acute sorrow" at the Vatican, the chief press official there said. He said Pope Paul VI was being kept informed constantly of the condition of the senator, who is a Roman Catholic. "It's a nightmare it's terrible," said a Russian woman on a Moscow street. "It is a great pity that you live in such a country where any person can be shot," a Russian man told an American in the Soviet capital. Tass, the official news agency, reported the shooting briefly and without comment. Italian President Giuseppe Saragat expressed shock and dismay and told the Italian Embassy in Washington to keep him constantly informed of Kennedy's condition. Aides termed the shooting "a nefarious and vile attempt." Tbo n"! rpaod Fvoneans first by radio and television broadcasts. News agency offices were besieged by telephone calls. First editions of London afternoon papers spread the news in huge black type across their front pages. "This is horrible, horrible," said a spokesman for the Swiss government in Bern, where the cabinet was meeting when the news broke. "The same thing all over again," said a diplomat in Bern. "Horrid. Horrid." Crowds gathered at Tokyo newspaper offices to read bulletins pasted in the windows. Men shook their heads in disbelief. Some women 'wiped tears from their eyes, other muttered prayers. "Unbelievable," said a Belgian government official in Brussels. "American political wavs are frightening." Greece's military government expressed "deep sorrow" over the shooting, and Premier George Papadopoulos cabled the senator the government's wishes for a speedy recovery. Sean McBride, secretary-general of the International Commission of Justice, termed the shooting "a symptom of the lawlessness and brutality of our world." His organization is the Western world's organization of jurists, teachers of law and lawyers. The government of Thailand expressed "deep shock and regret." Broadcast reports of the shooting stunned South Africans. "Is it true? Is he alive?" telephone callers asked newspaper switchboards. The senator's visit there in 1966 aroused enthusiastic support from students and liberals and angry opposition from conservative whites.

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  1. Star-Gazette,
  2. 05 Jun 1968, Wed,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 21

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