Okay. Clapstick. Sound Fourteen.
So, uh, when I came out from the building with uh, uh three, uh foreign correspondent, I mean uh two reporters and one photographer, and uh, about four or five Khmer Rouge came to us, and with the gun point, I get shot and everybody have to get their hands on their head. And they push us to the uh prisoner carrier, armor car, and put in the car, and then, first of all, they said, “We need only the foreigner.” And and the I try to get them, get in with them, and they say, “You can go out.”
And I have to fight and say, “Well, these people, they cannot speak uh language, Cambodian language, oh please let me go in so I can translate to you. And he take me for a while, and then he decides let me get in. And then when I get in, all of us in there, they still, uh, uh, try to find, are you American, these people are American and that time we pretend we are French. So, from that time I talked French, (laughs) and when we are there, there are two officers, marine officers that trap, also, was there and they get so scared those people.
And they talk around about twenty or thirty minutes and we all get sweat because we worry a lot about what’s going on, we don’t know, and these peoples look mean. They are young. And uh, about half an hour they unload us under the bridge, a broken bridge, and they let us sit down under the bridge. When I get out, I keep talking with the officer.
I can say he’s officer because they have uh, blue point pen and we were told that way the people who have blue point pen are officers and look older, then they keep talking, explain to them we are not soldiers, and we are journalists, international journalists. We want to find out what’s going on. And we want to see you peoples coming to town.
And we don’t want war, we so happy with you coming because from now on, no more war. And they really listen to me. And I explain to them that uh uh we already talk with you high officer in the Ministry of Information this morning. They say uh we were allowed to go and look around and then in two o’clock in the afternoon, you come back to the Ministry of Information and we will have a press conference for you.
And I said, “You better contact your top official because we came and we walk around here is we have a permission already.” And then he listen to me. He understand. And he send some messenger go to the Ministry of Information. And I keep talking, explain to them, to show them we against the war also, and we want to tell the world that your victory is is perfect because it can stop all the war. No more killing anymore.
And so on. I talk talk a lot, for several hours until the message come back, and they say it is alright, we can release you, now you can go where you want to go. And then we go straight to the Ministry of Information.
At that time we get some more diplomats, French who live there, and we go to the Ministry of Information, and when we we get there, the high official there, the Khmer Rouge high official, they give a little bit of a press conference.
They let us ask some question. And we, I saw the Lon Nol government people get surrender, or get arrested, they cut in one throat, including officer, uh minister, and some, all the high ranking official, about a few hundred at that time. And at that time I can speak English. I translate three languages. I was so excited.
Why? Because, uh, it seemed, uh, like, uh, they respect the international law, they let the press interview, so I unbelievable, I could speak, uh uh, three language in the same time. You know, I translate from Cambodian to French and French to English.
And uh, and uh, I think they was surprised. Because, why because uh it seemed like I was so excited because what I want is I want that way. I want, uh, each government, even your communists or free from the free countries. I want respect international press. I want the journalist people to see and to report the truth. So that’s uh, I’m really, but, you know, later on, I get in trouble again. We all get in trouble.