• Short Summary

    SOUTH VIETNAM'S
    BUDDHISTS TODAY (SUNDAY) STEEPED UP THE PACE OF THEIR ANTI-GOVERNMENT CRUSADE
    WITH A MASSIVE RALLY THROUGH SAIGON'S STREETS AND A YOUNG BUDDHIST GIRL BURNED
    HERSELF TO DEATH IN SAIGON, ONLY HOURS AFTER A 55 YEAR-OLD NUN HAD KILLED
    HERSELF IN THE SAME WAY IN THE NORTHERN CITY OF HUE.

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    SOUTH VIETNAM'S
    BUDDHISTS TODAY (SUNDAY) STEEPED UP THE PACE OF THEIR ANTI-GOVERNMENT CRUSADE
    WITH A MASSIVE RALLY THROUGH SAIGON'S STREETS AND A YOUNG BUDDHIST GIRL BURNED
    HERSELF TO DEATH IN SAIGON, ONLY HOURS AFTER A 55 YEAR-OLD NUN HAD KILLED
    HERSELF IN THE SAME WAY IN THE NORTHERN CITY OF HUE. IN HUE THE BUDDHISTS HAVE
    HELD A SERIES OF DEMONSTRATIONS DEMANDING THAT AMERICAN SUPPORT FOR THE
    GOVERNMENT OF AIR MARSHAL KY IS STOPPED IMMEDIATELY. ON THURSDAY STUDENT SACKED
    AND BURNED THE UNITED STATES INFORMATION SERVICE LIBRARY IN HUE, AND ON FRIDAY
    BUDDHISTS MONKS AND NUNS BEGAN A 48 HOUR HUNGER STRIKE OUTSIDE THE U.S.

    CONSULATE.

    BEFORE THE HUNGER STRIKE STARTED THE BUDDHISTS TOLD REPORTERS THAT THEIR
    PRESENCE WOULD PROTECT THE CONSULATE FROM POSSIBLE ATTACKS BY STUDENTS. ABOUT
    120 MONKS AND NUNS TOOK PART IN THE DEMONSTRATION.

    AFTER THE DEMONSTRATION HAD GONE ON FOR SOME HOURS A SENIOR MONK ORDERED THE
    DEMONSTRATIONS TO BREAK OFF THEIR STRIKE. "IT IS NOT SAFE FOR YOU IN THIS PLACE
    AT NIGHT," HE TOLD THEM.

    THAT NIGHT AMERICAN OFFICIALS EVACUATED THE CONSULATE BUILDING AS FEARS MOUNTED
    THAT THE BUILDING WOULD BE ATTACKED BY ANTI-GOVERNMENT BUDDHIST STUDENTS.

    THE OFFICIALS, ABOUT 12 IN ALL, MOVED TO THE HEAVILY DEFENDED MILITARY COMPOUND
    IN THE CITY HOUSING U.S. MILITARY ADVISORS.

    NOW THE BUDDHISTS IN HUE HAVE ANNOUNCED A FIVE POINT PLAN THEY HAVE DRAFTED TO
    FORCE THE UNITED STATES TO CHANGE ITS POLICY OF SUPPORTING THE SAIGON
    GOVERNMENT. THE FIRST TWO PHASES - THE HUNGER STRIKE AND THE BURNING OF THE
    AMERICAN LIBRARY - HAVE ALREADY BEEN CARRIED OUT. PHASE THREE IS TO FORCE ALL
    VIETNAMESE TO STOP COOPERATING WITH AMERICANS - THIS MIGHT LEAD TO STRIKES.

    PHASE FOUR INVOLVES THE BURNING OF U.S. CARS AND PROPERTY, INCLUDING THE
    CONSULATE AT HUE. THIS IS TIMED FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS' TIME. AND THE FIFTH PHASE IS
    STILL SECRET, BUT IS THOUGHT TO BE AN ATTACK ON THE U.S. MILITARY COMPOUND IN
    HUE.

    SYNOPSIS: IN SOUTH VIETNAM THERE HAVE BEEN MORE MAJOR BUDDHIST DEMONSTRATIONS
    AIMED AT STOPPING UNITED STATES' SUPPORT FOR THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT OF PREMIER
    KY. IN THE NORTHERN CITY OF HUE A BUDDHIST NUN BURNED HERSELF TO DEATH TODAY
    (SUNDAY). EARLIER THIS WEEK DEMONSTRATORS IN HUE SACKED THE UNITED STATES'
    LIBRARY THERE AND ON FRIDAY BUDDHISTS MONKS AND NUNS TOOK PART IN THIS 48 HOUR
    HUNGER STRIKE OUTSIDE THE AMERICAN CONSULATE. THE MONKS TOLD REPORTERS AND
    CONSULATE OFFICIALS THAT THEIR PRESENCE WOULD PROTECT THE BUILDING FROM POSSIBLE
    ATTACKS BY STUDENTS.

    AFTER THE HUNGER STRIKE HAD GONE OF FOR SOME HOURS, A SENIOR MONK ORDERED THE
    DEMONSTRATION OFF. IT WASN'T SAFE, HE TOLD THEM. NOW HUE BUDDHISTS HAVE PUBLICLY
    ANNOUNCED THAT THEY MIGHT BURN THE CONSULATE IF THERE IS NO CHANGE IN AMERICAN
    POLICY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2QTIAQRX03HMVATXG0IY3PH50
    Media URN:
    VLVA2QTIAQRX03HMVATXG0IY3PH50
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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