South Vietnamese war veterans have joined the demonstrations against the one-man Presidential elections scheduled for Sunday (October 3).
LV Veterans collecting timber & feeding fire in street
CU Posters of Thieu in fire
SV & CU Veteran with rubber tyro for fire (2 shots)
SV Veteran pulls down Thieu poster & into fire
SV Petrol poured on fire
SV Demonstrator lights fire
CV & LV Posters burning
SV Veteran with missing arm carry wood along road
SV Shop-owners clear pavement displays
SV & LV Another fire (shots)
SV Policemen diverting traffic
SV Soldiers arriving & laying barbed wire along street (2 shots)
SV & LV Soldiers behind barbed-wire looking at fire & demonstrators (2 shots)
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Background: South Vietnamese war veterans have joined the demonstrations against the one-man Presidential elections scheduled for Sunday (October 3). Calling for fresh elections and the resignation of President Thieu -- only contender in the ballot -- they ??? fires in several Saigon streets. Riot police and troops were called in, and at one stage the demonstrating veterans were dispersed with tear gas. Other threatened demonstrations by students failed to take place.
SYNOPSIS: South Vietnamese war veterans -- many of them crippled -- have entered the demonstrations against the forthcoming one-man presidential elections next Sunday. In and around Saigon, the country's capital, during the weekend, they list several street fires and fed them with election campaign posters urging people to vote for president Thieu -- only contender in the ballot.
Throughout the ??? of the city during the weekend, massive demonstrations by students failed to take place. Heavy police and troop reinforcements were rushed into Saigon to guard strategic buildings following student threats of disruption, but sporadic street fighting between troops and squads of students and veterans were described as minor. Throughout the weekend an appeal by President Thieu to 'keep calm' was broadcast by radio. The President, meanwhile, ha promised to resign if more than half of Sunday's votes are invalid.