About 200 South Vietnamese students clashed with police in Saigon on Saturday (16 May) during a protest against the detention of the student leaders in demonstration over recent weeks.
GV Traffic and people in street, tear gas cannisters smoking (3 shots)
CU Cannister smoking in gutter
SV Girl crossing street with polythene cover over her head
LV Women and children running away from smoke (3 shots)
SV Troops and barbed wire across street
SV Woman on motor bike with polythene covering over face
LV Crowds running away from smoke in street
SV Police truck along street
SV Men being put into truck
LV&SV Men rinsing faces with water (police wearing gas masks) (2 shots)
GV National Assembly building and students seated on steps (2 shots)
SV Students in sing song
SV Women clapping
LV Smoke cannisters burning in street
LV Cyclists and smoke cannisters burning in street
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Background: About 200 South Vietnamese students clashed with police in Saigon on Saturday (16 May) during a protest against the detention of the student leaders in demonstration over recent weeks.
The violence started after students had held a memorial meeting for a girl killed in anti-Government riots in 1963. Police fired tear gas at the students in an attempt to disperse them. Onlookers in Saigon's central market, were forced to flee the choking clouds of gas.
The students reformed on the steps of the National Assembly building where they chanted slogans condemning the detention of students leaders. More tear gas canisters were fired by police and eventually the demonstrators were cleared from the area.