• Short Summary

    IN SAIGON, BUDDHIST STUDENTS RIOTED SOME HOURS BEFORE AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED BETWEEN SOUTH VIETNAMESE PRIME MINISTER NGUYEN CAO KY AND LEADING BUDDHIST MONKS ON A COMPROMISE PROGRAMME FOR A PHASED HAND-OVER OF POWER BY THE 1O-MONTH OLD MILITARY GOVERNMENT.

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    IN SAIGON, BUDDHIST STUDENTS RIOTED SOME HOURS BEFORE AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED BETWEEN SOUTH VIETNAMESE PRIME MINISTER NGUYEN CAO KY AND LEADING BUDDHIST MONKS ON A COMPROMISE PROGRAMME FOR A PHASED HAND-OVER OF POWER BY THE 1O-MONTH OLD MILITARY GOVERNMENT.

    THE DAY STARTED OFF WITH A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION NEAR THE CENTRE OF THE CITY. BUT IT QUICKLY TURNED INTO RIOTING. BOTH CIVILIAN AND MILITARY POLICE WERE CALLED IN WHEN THE RIOTERS SHOWED SIGNS OF GETTING OUT OF CONTROL AND POLICE LOBBED SMOKE AND TEAR GAS BOMBS AT THEM AND AT A BUILDING HOUSING MILITANT BUDDHIST STUDENTS.

    AT ONE STAGE OF THE RIOTING, THE VIETNAMESE ARMY BROUGHT OUT SEVERAL TANKS FROM A NEARBY GARRISON. THEY WERE NOT USED AGAINST THE RIOTERS, WHO WAVED BANNERS DEMANDING THE OVERTHROW OF THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT AND CRITICISING AMERICAN PRESENCE IN THE COUNTRY.

    AT NIGHT, STUDENTS STORMED A LEADING VIETNAMESE NEWSPAPER OFFICE IN SAIGON CALLED THE 'SONG'. SINCE THE BEGINNING OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT AGITATIONS, IT HAD PUBLISHED ARTICLES CONDEMNING THE BUDDHIST FOR CAUSING NATIONWIDE POLITICAL UNREST. THE STUDENTS RANSACKED THE OFFICE AND MADE A BONFIRE OUTSIDE WITH PILES OF NEWSPAPER SEIZED FROM THE OFFICE. BICYCLES OF 'SONG' EMPLOYEES, WHICH WERE PARKED OUTSIDE, WERE THROWN INTO THE FIRE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3STT2VN9LSIB1WA681BYTTS8Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA3STT2VN9LSIB1WA681BYTTS8Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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