In Saigon last weekend, two different groups held demonstration in support of peace in Vietnam.?
In Saigon last weekend, two different groups held demonstration in support of peace in Vietnam. One was stated by militant students on Saturday (June 13) near the U.S. Embassy, and the other took place when peace supporters attended the funeral of Buddhist monk who died by setting himself alight in protest against the war.
About 100 students demonstrating on Saturday near the U.S. Embassy burned a scooter and a truck belonging to a U.S. construction company in denunciation of the war. They daubed the road with slogans calling for peace and condemning the South Vietnamese government, the Americans, and the U.S. Ambassador, Mr. Ellsworth Bunker.
The protest by the students was part of a continuing campaign to secure the release of five of their leaders detained for alleged pro-Communist activities. The leaders were later released on bail.
Some carried fire-bombs and when police opened up with a volley of tear gas, the students replied by collecting the spent canisters and forming the slogan "Bunker Go Home". A police official said no arrests were made and there were no injuries.
On Sunday, a two mile procession of trucks, buses, taxis and scooter made its way through the heavily-guarded streets of Saigon to a Pagoda where a funeral service was being held for a 74 years old Buddhist monk who died on Thursday by self-immulation in protest against the war. Many of the mourners carried peace slogans. The dead monk belonged to the militant An Quang sect which has been active in the cause of peace.