• Short Summary

    DEMONSTRATORS AND GOVERNMENT TROOPS CLASHED SEVERAL TIMES THIS WEEK IN SOUTH VIETNAM. ON TUESDAY STUDENTS?

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    DEMONSTRATORS AND GOVERNMENT TROOPS CLASHED SEVERAL TIMES THIS WEEK IN SOUTH VIETNAM. ON TUESDAY STUDENTS THREW ROCKS AT TROOPS WHO HAD MOVED IN TO BREAK UP THEIR MEETING AT A BUDDHIST STUDENTS' HEADQUARTERS IN SAIGON. FACED WITH A BARRAGE OF STONES, THE TROOPS USED TEAR GAS TO BREAK UP THE GATHERING.

    THE STUDENTS WERE CRITICAL OF THE GOVERNMENT AND PRIME MINISTER NGUYEN CA KY. THEY CARRIED ANTI-GOVERNMENT BANNERS AND SCRAWLED ANTI-GOVERNMENT SLOGANS ON FOOTPATHS. THEY CALLED FOR A CONSTITUTIONALLY ELECTED ASSEMBLY IN SOUTH VIETNAM AND FIERCELY CRITICISED AMERICAN MILITARY TACTICS IN THE WAR AGAINST THE VIETCONG. STUDENTS HAD PUT POLYTHENE BAGS OR TIED HANDKERCHIEFS OVER THEIR FACES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST EXPECTED TEAR GAS ATTACKS. AFTER TROOPS LOBBED A TEAR GAS MISSILE INTO THEIR MIDST, THE STUDENTS RETREATED TO THE SAFETY OF THEIR GROUNDS.

    A SHORT TIME LATER, ABOUT ONE CITY BLOCK AWAY, A LARGE CROWD OF RIOTERS CLASHED FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR WITH RIOT TROOPS. AT FIRST THE TROOPS DREW BACK UNDER A BARRAGE OF ROCKS BUT THEY STRUCK BACK WITH TEAR GAS BOMBS. STUDENTS, WHO HAD SOME BUDDHIST MONKS WITH THEM, KEPT UP THEIR ROCK THROWING AND CHEEKILY TOSSED SOME TEAR GAS BOMBS BACK AT THE TROOPS. FINALLY A BUDDHIST MONK PERSUADED THE STUDENTS TO DISPERSE IN CASE THE DEMONSTRATION LED TO BLOODSHED.

    THE SAME NIGHT, THICH TAM CHAU, CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDDHIST INSTITUTE, TOLD A CROWD OF 15,000 IN SAIGON THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST ESTABLISH A NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WITHIN THREE MONTHS. HE APPEALED TO THE PEOPLE TO JOIN HIM IN A NIGHT OF PRAYER FOR THE VIETNAMESE WHO HAVE STRUCK AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT AND HE CRITICISED THE UNITED STATES. PRIME MINISTER KY HAS ASSURED HIS PEOPLE THAT A CONSTITUENT GOVERNMENT WOULD BE ELECTED WITHIN FOUR OR SIX MONTHS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA431A7FW2ZE023830VKK5QR69S
    Media URN:
    VLVA431A7FW2ZE023830VKK5QR69S
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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