Undiminished opposition to the South Vietnamese government was apparent at a Buddhist meeting held in Saigon on Sunday (3 January).
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Background: Undiminished opposition to the South Vietnamese government was apparent at a Buddhist meeting held in Saigon on Sunday (3 January).
Buddhist spokesmen at the meeting said opposition to the government of Premier Tran Van Huong would continue even if the government adopted terrorist tactics. A Buddhist girl student denounced the Huong regime and asked her friends to join in the drive against it. At the end of the rally, a number of Buddhist students began a 24 hour sit-down hunger strike in support of the agitation against the government.
The Buddhists said that the Huong government is not based on popular support, and that Huong himself has showed a hostile attitude toward Buddhism. Buddhist spokesmen have charged that the government lacks a legal basis since last month's dissolution of the High National Council, or legislature, by a group of young military officers. As for the officers' coup itself, however, observers say that the Buddhists have adopted a wait-and-see attitude, assessing the situation further before taking a position.
Sunday's Buddhist meeting was followed on Monday (4 January) by rioting in the streets of Saigon. The disorders grew out of a protest against the trial of students charged with inciting riots in November.