• Short Summary

    AS SOUTH VIETNAMESE BUDDHISTS PREPARE FOR MASSIVE CELEBRATIONS OF BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY IN SAIGON, EXTRA MILITARY UNITS WERE MOVED ONTO SAIGON TO BOOST SECURITY, FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN TOP BUDDHIST LEADERS AND THE PRIME MINISTER, MAJOR GENERAL NGUYEN KHANH.

  • Description

    AS SOUTH VIETNAMESE BUDDHISTS PREPARE FOR MASSIVE CELEBRATIONS OF BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY IN SAIGON, EXTRA MILITARY UNITS WERE MOVED ONTO SAIGON TO BOOST SECURITY, FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN TOP BUDDHIST LEADERS AND THE PRIME MINISTER, MAJOR GENERAL NGUYEN KHANH.

    VOLUNTEERS WERE OUT IN STRENGTH IN THE CITIES OF CHOLON AND SAIGON TO HELP ERECT BANNERS AND CEREMONIAL ARCHWAYS DECKED WITH THE MULTI-COLOURED BUDDHIST FLAGS.

    THE BANNERS, STRUNG ACROSS STREETS, SET THE TONE FOR THE FIRST BUDDHIST FESTIVAL SINCE THE DOWNFALL OF THE NINE YEAR CATHOLIC REGIME OF PRESIDENT NGO DINH DIEM. SOME OF THE BANNERS READ: "BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY LAST YEAR WAS BLOODY -- THIS YEAR IT IS PEACEFUL" AND "THE BUDDHIST RELIGION LIVES FOREVER."
    IN SAIGON'S XA LOI PAGODA, HEADQUARTERS OF LAST YEAR'S BUDDHIST STRUGGLE AGAINST THE DIEM REGIME, HUNDREDS OF GAILY PAINTED PAPER LANTERNS WERE BEING SOLD.

    HIGHLIGHT OF THE THREE-DAY FESTIVAL WILL BE A HUGE PROCESSION FROM THE SAIGON RIVERFRONT TO THE SITE OF A NEW NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS FOR THE RELIGION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1KDL4JG0D83T2MV5G40G2ONUL
    Media URN:
    VLVA1KDL4JG0D83T2MV5G40G2ONUL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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